People / Jamie Reid

Writer. Jamie Reid was born in Timmins, Ontario on April 10, 1941. As an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia, Reid encountered Warren Tallman, George Bowering, and Fred Wah. With several other writers, they would found the poetry magazine TISH in 1961. Reid organized the first Be-In during the later half of the 1960s, inspired by a similar event in San Francisco. In 1967, Reid withdrew to the countryside of the Okanagan, where he wrote his first book of poems, The Man Whose Path Was on Fire (1969); it was an immediate critical success. Shortly thereafter, he relocated to central Canada, where his fervent communist political beliefs resulted in frequent brushes with the law. Recently, Reid has acted as publisher of DaDaBaBy, a magazine of local and international experimental writing.

  1. 02. The Be In
    Stan Fox and Jamie Reid (Film)