Elizabeth Zetlin Interview

We missed poetry month so much that we decided to continue it on through the remainder of the quarantine. We hope everyone is staying safe and keeping well. This week we’re featuring Elizabeth Zetlin, Owen Sound’s first poet laureate from 2007-2008. She initiated the Poet Laureate map of Canada project, and has travelled across Canada giving… Read more »

Elizabeth Zetlin

Elizabeth (Liz) Zetlin is a visual artist, a filmmaker, and an award winning poet. Best known as a “nature poet with a twist,” Liz plants garlic to form words of prayer; inscribes words on ornamental gourds as catalysts for poems; grows punctuation marks in her hay field and writes odes to punctuation marks.”Her poetry celebrates… Read more »

Elizabeth Zetlin

Elizabeth Zetlin’s previous publications include The Thing with Feathers (BuschekBooks), Taking Root (Seraphim Editions), Said the River (Penumbra Press), Connections (Always Press), and Ghost of Glenelg (Always Press), many being collaborations with visual artists. Her chapbook The Gourd Poems received the 1999 Canadian Poetry Association’s Shaunt Basmajian Award. Her poetry has also received a Stephen… Read more »

Prompted by Happiness

Born out of the intention to write a poem a day for a year, Elizabeth Zetlin’s newest book Prompted by Happiness uses poems and prompts as jumping off points in the crafting of each poem included in this collection. Following the narrative of the year, the poems seem to ebb and flow the way the… 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 »

The Punctuation Field

As though my legs are pencils,
they transfer parentheses from page to field,
My whole body glides out each flank,
curves back, composing.

Lines barely visible. White on white.
Skis disturb snow the way graphite loiters
on the surface of homemade paper.

Once spring comes, I’ll spray the lines
with horticultural lime. A the grass grows,
I mow the marks, walk inside them,
each symbol tangible and growing.

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 »

Photos from The Punctuation Field Book Launch

Elizabeth Zetlin launched her book The Punctuation Field earlier this month at the Downtown Bookstore in Owen Sound, Ontario.  Liz read with Owen Sound Poet Laureate Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm and audience members enjoyed punctuation truffles by Theo. Enjoy these photos from the launch!  

It’s More Than Fame, It’s Community Pride: Poet Laureates

By Black Moss Press interns Jaclyn Wood, Rebecca Taylor, and Kristina Storey The City of Windsor is currently looking for their first Poet Laureate. The Ancient Greeks would pay tribute to their most notable poets by giving them this title; the Poet Laureate would be responsible for writing odes, which would celebrate royal events, such as… Read more »

Andrew Armitage reviews The Punctuation Field

Andrew Armitage has written a glowing review of Elizabeth Zetlin’s The Punctuation Field for the Owen Sound Sun Times. He writes: “Liz Zetlin’s poems are a reading gift, a donation to stretching our creative minds.  They can be read, over and over, each reading bringing new meaning, new recognitions.” Read the full review here.

The Punctuation Field

A newcomer to the Black Moss family, but certainly not a newcomer in the literary world, Elizabeth Zetlin releases her seventh book of poetry, The Punctuation Field. As the readers work their way through this delicately cultivated collection of nature poems, they are able to follow the blueprints of Liz’s imagination as she turns an… Read more »