April 28 in Ottawa – An evening with Mary Ann Mulhern

Mary Ann Mulhern is a former nun in the Roman Catholic church who left the convent to become a teacher in Windsor, Ontario. She has published four books with Black Moss Press. Her first, The Red Dress, launched her career as a poet. Touch The Dead was short listed for the 2007 Acorn Plantos People’s… Read more »

Roger Bell finalist in prestigious award

Black Moss author Roger Bell has been named a finalist in the highly prestigious 2011 Winston Collins/Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem. The awards presentation which takes place at 7:30 P.M., Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at Supermarket, a local venue in Toronto’s Kensington Market. This is the third time that Black Moss Press authors have… Read more »

Penny-Anne Beaudoin

Penny-Anne Beaudoin is a Windsor writer whose work has appeared in a variety of magazines including Room of One’s Own and The Windsor Review. holy cards is her first book.

Terry Ann Carter – #

Terry Ann Carter is an Ottawa based poet and the author of three books of poetry: Waiting for Julia, Transplanted, and A Crazy Man Thinks He’s Ernest in Paris, which has recently been nominated for the Archibald Lampan Award. She is a member of the Canadian League of Poets, The Canadian Authors association, Haiku Canada, and… Read more »

rob mclennon

Rob was born March 15, 1970 in Ottawa, and raised on a dairy farm outside Maxville, Ontario in historic Glengarry County. Previous lives include waiter, busboy, farm labourer, busker (guitar), filmmaker (super-8), weekly columnist, professional clown, childcare provider, house dad, bookstore clerk, visual artist and freelance writer.

Terry Ann Carter

Terry Ann Carter is an Ottawa based poet and the author of three books of poetry: Waiting for Julia, Transplanted, and A Crazy Man Thinks He’s Ernest in Paris, which has recently been nominated for the Archibald Lampan Award. She is a member of the Canadian League of Poets, The Canadian Authors association, Haiku Canada, and… Read more »

Greg Cook

Greg Cook, born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, was nourished by poetry early.The one-room schoolteacher who boarded with him and his mother when his father died liberating the Netherlands in 1944 read classic English poetry to him before he was old enough to go to school. By age six his mother was reading aloud short stories… Read more »

Touch The Dead

Touch The Dead These poems focus upon a young girl growing up in a house next to a cemetery. Set in the 1940s, she watches her father — the grave digger — earn his living preparing graves. He goes about his work dutifully judging no one. He meets the families, sometimes while he is working… Read more »

Beth Everest

Beth Everest has a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing and Literature (University of Windsor), and a Doctorate (University of Calgary), which focuses on the conflicting roles of a woman as mother, writer and academic.She has worked as a freelance writer and editor, as a travel writer for the Calgary Sun, and a fiction… Read more »

The Life of the Four Stomachs

The Life of the Four Stomachs Marilyn Gear Pilling’s latest collection, The Life of the Four Stomachs, is an ingeniously humourous yet passionate look at “the glorious mess of life/the guts the mud the smite the blood the song the sob/of life.” Through tales of sensuality, heartbreak, and laughter, the writer, the lover, the daughter,… Read more »

Lynn Harrigan

Lynn Harrigan is a teacher, poet and writer living in Toronto. Her most recent projects have involved collaboration with musicians and visual artists whcih have ranged from haiku/art exhibits to radio art recorded with ambient soundscape artists.

Moon Sea Crossing

A work of documentary poetry, Moon Sea Crossing traces one woman’s journey through mental illness during the mid-19th cenruy. Lynn Harrigan was intrigured when supon researching the story of one Ann Hanan, she learned that the County Goal function not only as a prison but also as a house of refuge. Ann Hanan’s story stood… Read more »

David Margoshes

Dave Margoshes has published over a dozen books of fiction and poetry. He’s won a number of awards for his poetry, including the Stephen Leacock Prize. His most recent book, The Horse Knows the Way, was a finalist for the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award.

Ronnie Brown

Born in Massachusetts, Ronnie Brown has spent most of her adult life in Canada, living first in Montreal and then in Ottawa, where she now resides with her husband and son. Ronnie earned both her B.A. and M.A. (in Creative Writing) from Montreal’s Concordia University, where she was awarded both the Board of Governors’ and… Read more »

Parrot With Tourette’s

Parrot with Tourette’s is a a narrative/lyric poke at suburban middle class val- ues and cultural pretensions. Ventriloquism through the merely mimetic pet bird that parrots back our nasty natty vernacular. It offers a world where geese can do bad Catskills stand-up, a citizen talks back to his serotonin re- uptake inhibitors (when he isn’t… Read more »

When the Devil Calls

When Roger Bell’s first book of poetry, Real Lives, came out it was praised for its “small town flavor” in that it depicted what life was like at the grass roots. In this latest book, Bell returns to that subject, but broadens it to include the neighborhoods, the countryside, and the territories of small towns… Read more »

What Were Their Dreams? Valleys of Hope and Pain: Canada’s History

Wendy Morton‘s fifth book of poetry is one that will haunt you and leave you wondering about this country’s past. Commissioned by Vancouver Island’s Alberni Valley Museum to write poetry from archival photographs and journals, the West Coast poet has come away making a very real connecting to the lives of miners, housewives, millworkeers and… Read more »

Other Living Things

Carlinda D’Alimonte’s second collection of poems, Other Living Things (2009), explores the hard process of undoing the hurt of childhood and adolescence. The poems give a voice to the lingering ghosts of neglect, humiliation, loss, and abuse experienced by those least able to fight back. The poems hint to the self-destructive fallout of those early experiences: namely,… Read more »

Susan McMaster

Ottawa poet, editor, and performance poet Susan McMaster has performed across Canada and abroad, and has published some 20 books and recordings, most recently Paper Affair: Poems Selected & New (Black Moss 2010). Her midlife memoir, The Gargoyle’s Left Ear: Writing in Ottawa (Black Moss, 2007), recounts founding Branching Out, the first Canadian feminist/arts magazine;… Read more »

Wendy Morton

Wendy Morton believes that poetry is the shortest distance between hearts. She has five books of poetry, and a memoir, Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast, in which her adventures as a corporate sponsored poet are revealed. Her latest book of poetry, What Were Their Dreams, is a book of photo-poems of Canada’s history.She is the… Read more »