Marty Gervais Presents:

Windsor’s Poet Laureate Marty Gervais has launched a new reading series to help cultivate and showcase the arts in Windsor Ontario. On March 3rd, Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke will be presenting his poetry alongside music from Allison Brown and Mark Crampsie. Windsor poets Christina Angeli and Peter Hrastovec will be joining them… Read more »

All About Marty Gervais

Just in case you were wondering what it’s like to work for Marty, here’s a taste brought to you by the students of last year’s Publishing Practicum. Enjoy!  

Marty Gervais

Marty Gervais is an award winning journalist, photographer, poet, playwright, historian, editor and teacher. In 1998, he won the prestigious Toronto’s Harbourfront Festival Prize for his contributions to Canadian letters and to emerging writers. In 1996, he was awarded the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Award for his book, Tearing Into A Summer Day. That book was… Read more »

Words With Writers Features Marty Gervais!

A new, locally made site that features local authors features our very own Marty Gervais! Check it out – and be sure to stay tuned to this site for more features on Black Moss Press writers!

Marty Gervais named 1st Poet Laureate of Windsor

Congratulations to Black Moss publisher Marty Gervais who was yesterday named the first ever Poet Laureate of Windsor. Here’s a snippet of what The Windsor Star had to say: “He’s a great storyteller, and he’s going to be telling Windsor’s story,” said Coun. Jo-Anne Gignac, who originally pushed for the position. City council on Monday night announced… Read more »

Gervais’ ‘People of Faith’ Sells out at Launch!

Hot of the Black Moss Press comes Marty Gervais’ “People of Faith – The Story of Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital 1888 – 2013”. Hundreds of people lined up this morning and afternoon on the front lawns of Hotel Dieu Hospital to celebrate this first-of-its-kind history publication. The launch was such a  huge success – the books… Read more »

Poetry Month Feature: Eva Kolacz

Thank you for following along with us throughout poetry month. Here at Black Moss Press it’s Poetry Month every month and we’re a little sad to see it go. Our final poetry month feature is artist and poet, Eva Kolacz. She left her native Poland to come to Canada, where she graduated from the Fine Arts Department… Read more »

Poetry Month Feature: Robert Hilles

Would you believe we’re in week four of National Poetry Month already? This week brings us an interview with Robert Hilles, a long time Black Moss Poet and past recipient of the Governor General’s award for Cantos from a Small Room. Robert’s poetry focuses on capturing the quiet moments of life, his writing style is lyric… Read more »

Paulette Rivait

I am the oldest daughter in a family of eight, born in Ottawa Ontario in 1946, living most of my life in Windsor Ontario. I married and had four children, also raised in Windsor. I have college education and my career began at WCLSS (Windsor Community Living Support Services). I went on to work at… Read more »

By the River Reading Series

Join us December 11th for a special Black Moss Press instalment of the By the River reading series. Launching his newest book of poetry, Laurence Hutchman will be presenting House of Shifting Time. This collection of poetry is Laurence at his finest, each poem is a tribute to a famous figure in Canadian history. Laurence… Read more »

Pressing Matters: 50 Years in Publishing

The book is a celebration of 50 years of achievement from Black Moss Press, but more than just being an anniversary book, my intent is to make this book into a focussed study of what a poetry press does for local and national culture. It examines the importance of having a press such as Black… Read more »

Black Moss Press 50th

It’s not every day a business turns 50, so we’ve been busy preparing for a brunch a book launch this fall as part of Windsor BookFest. Be sure to check back for updates and sneak peaks of what we have in store for you. For now visit the Windsor Star for an interview with Marty Gervais:… Read more »

Poet Laureate Celebration

Join Black Moss poet Vanessa Shields in conversation with Windsor’s new Poet Laureate Mary Ann Mulhern, and Youth Poet Laureate Samantha Badaoa this Monday. The event, hosted by Biblioasis bookstore, will begin at 6:30pm and feature Poet Laureate Emeritus Marty Gervais. The event is free to the public and will include poetry readings, book sales… Read more »

Poetry at the Manor Vol 6 2018

A big thank you to everyone who came, making our sixth instalment of Poetry at the Manor a huge success. With a staggering attendance of 250, you are the reason we are able to continue to have these events year after year. A big thank you to each of the poets who agreed to make the… Read more »

Poetry at the Manor Vol 6 2018

Just five days to go before Windsor’s biggest poetry event of the year! Join us at Willistead Manor on October 2nd at 7pm, where Windsor Poet Laureate Marty Gervais will welcome Poets Laureate from across Canada. This year’s lineup includes John B. Lee, Chloé LaDuchesse, Lauren Best, Marilyn Gear Pilling and Afua Cooper. Be sure… Read more »

Poetry at the Manor 2018 Line-up

Every year the City of Windsor and Marty Gervais, its Poet Laureate, team up to host one of the biggest poetry events in Ontario. The historic Willistead Manor is repurposed for this gala event in which Poets Laureate from across Canada make the trek to Windsor to participate in a reading. This year Poetry at… Read more »

Because We Have All Lived Here

Canada has produced her urban poets. Archibald Lampman gave us a glimpse of a dystopian future in his nineteenth century poem The City of the End of Things. Dennis Lee immortalized Toronto in his masterful Civil Elegies. And so, Windsor’s Poet Laureate Marty Gervais put out the call and the muses answered and the city… Read more »

Barry Brodie 2017 Title Reveal

The Black Moss team (known as Threshold Publishing) working on Barry Brodie’s new book would like to share the title that they’ve been working so hard on. Keep checking back for more details and exclusive blog posts as we get closer to the launch date! Threshold Publishing is excited to finally announce the title for our… Read more »

Poetry at the Manor and Bookfest Windsor

The last two weeks have been chock full of literary events around the city of Windsor. On October 27th Marty Gervais hosted the 4th annual Poetry at the Manor, an evening featuring the talents of Poet Laureates from across the country. The night was a success, with standing room only. The poets included: Yvonne Blomer (Victoria,… Read more »

Poetry at the Manor Next Week!

Poetry at the manor is just a week away and to celebrate this we have a special guest post from Marty Gervais, the man who is responsible for the whole thing. Enjoy: Nearly five years ago, Windsor set the standard across Canada for bringing together poets laureate from various Canadian cities for a major literary… Read more »