Bill Reynolds Professor

Bill Reynolds
Associate Chair

Bill joined the School of Journalism in 2002. Before that, he worked at Eye Weekly as Associate Editor, Music/Comedy/Clubs (1991–1993), Managing Editor (1993–1996), and Editor (1996–2002). His freelance work has appeared in magazines such as The Walrus, Maisonneuve, This Magazine, Canadian Business, and the Calgary Herald’s Swerve, and newspapers such as the Globe and Mail and the Hamilton Spectator. His first editorial position was managing editor of Vox magazine, a Calgary-based music and arts monthly, 1986–1988.

Hons BA (Philosophy) University of Calgary

MA (Philosophy) University of Waterloo

Bill’s primary research area is literary journalism. He is an active scholar of literary journalism while remaining a journalism practitioner. He is one of the co-founders of the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS) ( In June 2014, he was appointed editor of the association’s scholarly journal, Literary Journalism Studies (

Bill’s teaching interests include feature writing and editing, magazine journalism and production, and literary journalism. In Fall 2018, he is teaching Advanced Feature Writing (JRN 806) to fourth-year undergraduates. Some of the features produced for that class will be published in the Spring 2019 issue of the Ryerson Review of Journalism ( In Winter 2019, Bill is teaching both sections of the first-year Master of Journalism course, Narrative Journalism.

Editor, Literary Journalism Studies; Treasurer, International Association for Literary Journalism Studies; member of the Hemingway Society

“History in the Present Tense: The New Journalism Reported the Events of Chicago ’68 with a Deeper Narrative, Moving beyond First-Draft-of-History Mode,” in The Routledge Book of American Literary Journalism, eds. Roberta Maguire and William Dow. New York: Routledge, 2018 (forthcoming fall 2018).

“Indigenous Literary Journalism, Saturation Reporting, and the Aesthetics of Experience,” Literary Journalism Studies, Vol. 10, No. 1 (Spring 2018), 36–44.

Public Lecture, “Sounds of the Times” series, “Calculating the Incalculable: The Influence of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme on Rock Music,” February 16, 2017, Imperial Pub, Toronto.

“Slinging Records to Pouring Rieslings,” Maisonneuve, Fall 2016.

“Teaching Magazine Editing: Part Art, Part Science, Part Craft,” in Abrahamson, David and Prior-Miller, Marcia R. (eds.), The Future of the Magazine Form: Research Perspectives and Prospects, New York: Routledge, 2014, 480–90.

Life Real Loud: John Lefebvre, Neteller and the Revolution in Online Gambling (Toronto: ECW Press, 2014).

“What a Feeling!” The Walrus, July–August, 2014, 5–6.

“Come as You Are,” Maisonneuve, Spring 2014, 16–18.

“Magic Realism with Bullets: Charles Bowden and Ciudad Juárez,” in Richard Keeble and John Tulloch (eds.), Global Literary Journalism: Exploring the Journalistic Imagination, Volume 2 (New York: Peter Lang, 2014), 247–260.

“‘Greenwich Village at Night’ and Mary McCarthy’s Immersion Journalism,” in Richard Keeble and John Tulloch (eds.), Global Literary Journalism: Exploring the Journalistic Imagination, Volume 2 (New York: Peter Lang, 2014), 183–197.

“The Missing Link in Literary Journalism: What Exactly Is the Editor’s Role?” Literary Journalism 7.1 (Winter 2013), 7, 10.

“From Cold War Cultural Critic to Mocking Liberals: Canadian Writer-Editor Robert Fulford’s Long Journey,” in Richard Keeble and John Tulloch (eds.), Global Literary Journalism: Exploring the Journalistic Imagination (New York: Peter Lang, 2012), 269–284.

“On the Road to Gonzo: Hunter S. Thompson’s Early Literary Journalism, 1961–70,” Literary Journalism Studies, Spring 2012, 51–84.

John S. Bak and Bill Reynolds (eds.), Literary Journalism Across the Globe: Journalistic Traditions and Transnational Influences (Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2011).

“Wheels of Misfortune: Live by the Bike, Die by the Bike, and All the Dodging and Arguing in Between,” Toronto Standard, November 11, 2011.

“Exorcism at Ground Zero,” The Walrus, July–August, 2011, 17–20.

“Geared Up: On the Road to Two-wheeled Transcendence,” in Moira Farr and Ian Pearson (eds.), Cabin Fever: The Best New Canadian Non-fiction (Toronto: Thomas Allen Publishers, 2009), 277–298. Originally published in The Walrus, June 2008, 54–64.

“Adventures in Long-form Magazine Editing,” Essay, J-Source, July 28, 2009.

“Recovering the Peculiar Life and Times of Tom Hedley and of Canadian New Journalism,” Literary Journalism Studies, Spring 2009, 79–104.