John Reibetanz, Ph. D
Professor, Department of English
Office Phone: 416-585-4445
Office Location: Victoria College Room 321
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: Mondays 5:00 – 6:00, Wednesdays 3:00 – 4:00


B.A. (Brooklyn College, 1965)
Ph. D (Princeton University, 1968)



John Reibetanz has written essays on Elizabethan drama and on modern and contemporary poetry, as well as a book on King Lear, translations of modern German poetry, and eight collections of poetry. His poems have appeared in such magazines as Poetry (Chicago), The Paris Review, Canadian Literature, The Malahat Review, The Southern Review, and Quarry, and twice in the anthology of winning entries to the National Poetry Competition. He has been shortlisted for the national ReLit Poetry Award, and won First Prize in the international Petra Kenney Poetry Competition. He has also been a winner in the national poetry competitions conducted by The Fiddlehead and Vallum, and has given readings of his poetry and conducted workships in major cities all across Canada. At Victoria College, he received the first Victoria University Teaching Award.
     He has recently finished his ninth collection, Where We Live, which explores our relationship to the places and to the other living beings (human and non-human) sharing the planet with us. Like Afloat, this collection embodies a conviction that the most compelling and significant features of human identity are not primarilty found in solitude but rather evolve through interrelationships with others and with the places that we inhabit and that inhabit us.


Selected Publications

The Lear World (criticism). University of Toronto Press, 1977.

Ashbourn. Véhicule Press, 1986.

Morning Watch. Véhicule Press, 1995.

Midland Swimmer. Brick Books, 1996.

Near Finisterre. St. Thomas Poetry Series, 1996.

Mining for Sun. Brick Books, 2000.

Near Relations. McClelland and Stewart, 2005.

Transformations. Goose Lane Editions, 2006.

Laments of the Gorges (chapbook). Alfred Gustav Press, 2011.

Hidden Treasures. Rufus Books, 2012.

Afloat. Brick Books.

A Book of Riddlu. Rufus Books, 2014 (forthcoming).