Bernice Lever Readings

Calling all British Columbia poetry lovers! If you’re looking to get your hands on a signed copy of Bernice’s Small Acts check out this list of events that she will be featured in. On January 28th at 7pm, Bernice will be reading at the “Never a Dull Word” event through the Bowen Island Arts Council, at… Read more »

Bernice Lever

Bernice Lever (Bowen Island, BC), a founder of WAVES, literary magazine from 1972-1987, has published her eleventh poetry book,(Imagining Lives, Black Moss, 2012), a teaching CD: The Colour of Words, and much short prose. Her committee work has involved her in Canadian Authors Association, League of Canadian Poets, Federation of BC Writers and local writer… Read more »

North Shore Outlook covers Bernice Lever

North Shore Outlook ran a piece about Black Moss author Bernice Lever, who will release her newest book Imagining Lives this spring. Bernice read last night at the North Van library. Check out the full article here.

Bernice Lever

Bernice Lever, living on Bowen Island, BC, gets ‘high on words’. Generation (Black Moss Press, 2009) is her 9th book of poetry, and she’s written an English textbook, The Colour of Words, and other prose works. For 2011, she has completed her 10th poetry book, Imagining Lives. Currently, she is busy writing, freelance editing, giving… Read more »

Poetry Advent Calendar Day 22

Today’s poem from Bernice Lever’s Small Acts, is a beautiful reminder of the blessings we have in our lives.   Say “Thank You” How does one say thank you to a lime green instant hovering hummingbird that flits faster than an eagle soars, so rapidly its wings disappear against a rosy honeysuckle bloom: my joy cements… Read more »

Poetry Advent Calendar Day 9

Day nine brings us another poem from Bernice Lever’s 2016 collection Small Acts. “Grow Towards the Light” carries themes of nurturing the next generation.   GROW TOWARDS THE LIGHT Green house folks know sunshine twirling plants 360 degrees or aiming pot lights at every angle for even shine, training growth for smooth curves, equal-sided growth ever… Read more »

Poetry Advent Calendar Day 5

BC poet Bernice Lever provides our feature poem today. “Peace Seedlings”, a poem about peace and how to nourish it and let it grow, comes from Small Acts. Bernice’s 2016 collection of poetry focuses on small acts of kindness and the ways they ripple into our everyday lives.   Peace Seedlings Each Peace poem is a… Read more »

Small Acts

Small Acts shares Bernice Lever’s mature voice in full swing from ironic love poems via Facebook – to gentle suggestions of how to create peace in our homes and areas – to ironic political rants – to awe of the beauty of our earth that seems in a state of destruction – to fame and… Read more »

BOOK REVIEW: Lisa Shatsky’s “Blame It on the Moon”

A lovely review has been written by Bernice Lever, a poet and freelance editor on Bowen Island, BC. The review is expected to be published in David Fraser’s Ascents magazine. Read on….             “Blame It on the Moon”, Lisa Shatzky’s second book, if an exploration of her many philosophical questions about her personal and human… Read more »


Here is a list of our many talented authors. We are working on adding links to their Black Moss Press published books for you to purchase. Akpata, Michael Badaoa, Samantha Beaudoin, Penny-Anne Beissel, Henry Bell, Roger Blomer, Yvonne Brodie, Barry Brown, Ronnie R. Bulmer, April Carter, Terry Ann Cook, Greg Cott, Gillian D’Alimonte, Carlinda Dabydeen,… Read more »


“Bernice Lever reports on (the lethal conflict between the sexes) with irony, realism, grim humour and an awareness of its high cost. The irony is never divorced from chair, the searing insight of the troubled heart.” – Irving Layton “She writes with compassion, anger and a rueful humour. She not only shows us the poetry… Read more »

Imagining Lives

Imagining Lives is a poetry book with a past. Bernice Lever’s writing transports the reader to the 1940s and ‘50s, where children make mud pies and listen to family stories of the “dirty thirties.” Imagining Lives does not only look back, however. Lever seamlessly moves forward into more contemporary times, musing on nature, technology, and the body, which… Read more »

Never A Straight Line

Never A Straight Line tackles a subject that is politically explosive as society grapples with the big question of how generations to come will survive with a world that is only now coming to grips with the slow destruction of the natural world. Into this mix go the stories of families, of urban development, conservation… Read more »


Bernice Lever’s Generation is a satirical collection of poetry that questions why ideals change from one generation to the next and why moderation in all things is easier said than done. The underlying question posed by the book is, “What happened to simple things and a single life?” Lever writes about old age, family, and… Read more »

Imagining Lives Receives Praise

Bernice Lever‘s recent publication Imagining Lives has received great praise from poet Allan Breismaster. Here’s what he had to say: Candid and forthright, vigourous and visceral, the poetry in Imagining Lives is “truly awake / to being,” as it bravely bodies forth the tension between persistent vitality and the infirmities flesh and spirit are heirs… Read more »

Black Moss Press Authors Reading

Want to catch your favourite Black Moss Author performing a public reading? We’ve compiled a list of upcoming readings from our 2011/2012 authors. Check out a reading near you! June 17 – Terry Ann Carter –  League of Canadian Poets AGM, book launch for Day Moon Rising, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. June 17 – Bernice Lever – poetry reading for League of… Read more »

Never a Straight Line

Never A Straight Line tackles a subject that is politically explosive as society grapples with the big question of how generations to come will survive with a world that is only now coming to grips with the slowdestruction of the natural world. Into this mix go the stories of families, of urban development, conservation and waste…. Read more »


After spending much of her teaching career in Ontario, poet Bernice Lever has retired to her native British Columbia where she continues to write. Bernice has worked on several literary magazines, including the award-winning WAVES, which she edited from 1972 – 1987. She also worked for two years in an executive position for the League… Read more »