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Wayne Ray in 2006. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Wayne Scott Ray (born 1950) is a Canadian poet, photographer, and publisher.[1]



Born in Alabama, Ray grew up on the Ernest Harmon Air Force Base in Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador, from 1953 to 1965, and was in Boy Scout Troop 6 there. After moving to Woodstock, Ontario in 1965, Ray and his brother Cris became Lone Scouts, and in 1965 and 1968 Ray received his Eagle Scout and Queen's Scout awards while attending Troop 11 in Woodstock.


Ray became a Canadian citizen in 1978,[2] prior to working as an Ontario Provincial Police officer out of Toronto's Downsview Detachment 1978–1980.

Ray was the founder of HMS Press publishing company and Scarborough Arts Council Poetry Contest, co-founder of the Canadian Poetry Association; and co-chairman of the League of Canadian Poets: Associates (Toronto) for 1985/1986. He worked at the time for the University of Toronto as Head Gardener and Grounds Foreman at the U of T Presidents Estate 1980 after working as an estate gardener for E.P. Taylor, 1974-1978. He was instrumental in helping establish the London Arts Council and was the Literary Committee Chair and past president of the London New Arts Festival for 1999.

Ray has several books of poetry and non-fiction published as well as credits in anthologies, periodicals, journals and newspapers across Canada between 1983 and 2024. His publishing company is retired after 40 years. is where HMS Press e-books are now available.


Ray received the Editors' Prize from Canadian Author & Bookman for Best Poet Published in 1989.[2]


Creative plagiarism

Wayne Ray, Creative Plagiarism, 1991. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.


Short fiction[]


Collected editions[]


Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy Ontario Poetry Society..[5]

Audio / video[]

  • Prisoner of Women's Dreams (CD). London, ON: CPA London / Dennis Siren Productions, 2000.[3]

See also[]


  1. cancon: interviews: Wayne Ray. Retrieved on 2011-12-15.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wayne (Scott) Ray: Biography, Canadian Poetry Online. Web, Oct. 20, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Wayne (Scott) Ray: Criticism, , Canadian Poetry Online. Web, Oct. 20, 2016.
  4. Search results = au:Wayne Ray, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Oct. 20, 2016.
  5. Wayne Ray, Ontario Poetry Society. Web, Oct. 20, 2016.

External links[]

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