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.
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) (www.ialjs.org (external link) ). In June 2014, he was appointed editor of the association’s scholarly journal, Literary Journalism Studies (http://ialjs.org/publications/ (external link) ).
- Editor, Literary Journalism Studies
- Treasurer, International Association for Literary Journalism Studies
- Member of the Hemingway Society
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.
“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). https://ecwpress.com/products/life-real-loud (external link)
“What a Feeling!” The Walrus, July–August, 2014, 5–6. http://thewalrus.ca/what-a-feeling/ (external link)
“Come as You Are,” Maisonneuve, Spring 2014, 16–18. http://maisonneuve.org/article/2014/04/3/come-you-are/ (external link)
“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. (PDF file) http://www.davidabrahamson.com/WWW/IALJS/Literary_Journalism_v7n1_Winter_2013.pdf (external link)
“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. http://www.ialjs.org/?p=1495 (external link) .
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. http://www.torontostandard.com/the-sprawl/wheels-of-misfortune (external link) .
“Exorcism at Ground Zero,” The Walrus, July–August, 2011, 17–20. https://thewalrus.ca/exorcism-at-ground-zero/ (external link) .
“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. http://thewalrus.ca/geared-up/ (external link)
“Recovering the Peculiar Life and Times of Tom Hedley and of Canadian New Journalism,” Literary Journalism Studies, Spring 2009, 79–104. (PDF file) http://www.ialjs.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/79-104-reynolds.pdf (external link) .