Black Moss Press
Quill and Quire has called Black Moss Press one of Canada’s most important literary presses. Since it was founded in 1969, Black Moss Press has built a national reputation for its contribution to Canadian literature. Black Moss has published more than 400 first editions and introduced more than 100 new authors to the Canadian literary scene.
We have a special role in promoting literature and fine arts in southwestern Ontario and have built an active and growing interest in Canadian writing and literature in the region. We have introduced Canadian literature to people throughout the region and in Detroit and nearby centres in the United States in non-traditional venues such as boxing rings, factory floors, hockey arenas and street corners as well as at traditional readings and book launches.
Publisher, Marty Gervais
Gervais has been a force in the Canadian literary scene since he moxied his way into his first newsroom. His resume is longer than the yellow brick road and most definitely as adventure-filled. As a journalist, Gervais has interviewed pop stars and popes, boxers and ballerinas, photographers and people next door. His insatiable hunger for stories make him an award-winning poet, historian, journalist and photographer. He is a man dedicated to paying attention to the people and the world around them so he can cultivate their stories and talents. As the premiere Poet Laureate of Windsor, Ontario, Gervais has gathered poets laureates from across the country to read and share their poetry. He continues to be a leader in publishing fine Canadian poets.
Interim Assistant to the Publisher & Editor, Alicia Labbe
After receiving her bachelors in English with honours at the University of Windsor, Alicia decided to pursue a career in publishing. To date she has completed Humber College’s Creative Book Publishing Program, worked for Biblioasis, Random House of Canada and Scanner Press, and is excited to add Black Moss Press to her resume. In her spare time she likes to travel; she has eaten her way through Paris, London, Quebec City, New Orleans and Toronto, with plans for sampling the delicacies of many other famous cities.
Please contact Alicia for general inquiries, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Layout and Design/Videographer, Jay Rankin
Currently chasing after his masters degree in creative writing at The University of Windsor, Jay Rankin spends his time dissecting and designing books. Also a fan of kittens, Batman and pizza.
Design Karen Monck
Karen Veryle Monck is a writer, editor and book designer whose beginnings as a journalist led to a fascination with the visual presentation of the written word and a passion for developing informative design based on content. Over two decades, she has designed more than 150 books, many of them for Black Moss Press. The recipient of several provincial and national awards for critical writing, newspaper layout and book design, she lives in Windsor with her husband, food writer Ted Whipp.