Dennis Reid divides his time between poetry, short fiction and novels; and writing non-fiction about fishing. His work has been published in the U.S., United Kingdom, Mexico and India and has been translated into Spanish and Hindi. His sport fishing articles have been published in more than 25 magazines across North America. As a fishing columnist for the Victoria Times Colonist, he wrote Maximum Salmon and Fishing for Dreams. Coincidentally he has also co-written a golf history about Salmon Arm. Maximum Salmon was re-released as Maximum Salmon: Fishing the West Coast from Alaska to California (Harbour 2007). Reid says he catches and carefully releases 500 salmon per year.

As the President of the League of Canadian Poets, Reid released his tenth book, What it Means to be Human (Ekstasis 2010), his fifth collection of poetry. For his collection called You Shall Have No Other, Reid set about making 80 "poem videos" derived from his writing to be housed at his site called .

The Spirit of the Thing and the Thing Itself (Ekstasis 2015) is Reid's 12th book. He uses quotes from Rilke's series The Duino Elegies and from PK Page's hologram to address: war, religion, women, what there is left of family, nature, ghosts, and even a vignette from when he hung from a canyon above water before letting go.

DATE OF BIRTH: August 5, 1952




AWARDS: Silver Medal, 1993 Island Parent Poetry Contest; Runner Up, Hawthorne Society Chapbook Award, 1994; Runner Up, Mother Tongues Chapbook Award, 1995; Silver Medal, West End Writers Contest, 1996; Runner Up, League of Canadian Poets annual contest, 1997; Silver Medal, Second Place, Bliss Carmen Award (Prairie Fire) 1998; Winner, People's Poetry Award, 1998; Nominated for the National Magazine Awards, 1999; Awarded one of top three positions in the
Dorothy Livesay award for books of poetry (BC Book Prizes), 2000


The Women Who Surround Me, poetry (Ekstasis, 1991)
A History of the Salmon Arm Golf Course, 1928-1992, co-written with Todor Davies (Salmon Arm, 1993)
The Knife Behind The Gills, novel (Ekstasis, 1995)
How To Catch Salmon, non-fiction (Orca 1995)
Open 24 Hours, poetry (Broken Jaw Press, 1997)
Love And Other Things That Hurt, poetry (Black Moss, 1999)
Maximum Salmon, non-fiction (Johnson & Gorman, 2003); Maximum Salmon: Fishing the West Coast from Alaska to California (Harbour 2007).
The Hunger, poetry (Ekstasis Editions, 2004)
Fishing for Dreams: Notes from the Water's Edge (TouchWood, 2005)
What it Means to be Human (Ekstasis 2010) $21.95
You Shall Have No Other (Ekstasis 2014) $23.95 978-1-77171-013-8
The Spirit of the Thing and the Thing Itself (Ekstasis 2016) 978-1-77171-123-4 $23.95

[BCBW 2016] "Fishing" "Poetry" "Sports"