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 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 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 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.
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 »
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.
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 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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
Robert Hilles lives on Salt Spring Island with his partner Pearl Luke. In 1994, he won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry for Cantos From A Small Room. In the same year, his first novel, Raising of Voices, won the Writers Guild of Alberta George Bugnet Award for best novel. He has published fourteen books… Read more »
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 »
Cyril Dabydeen has written nine books of poetry, five of stories, and four novels, the latest being Drums of My Flesh (co-winner of the Guyana Prize for Fiction, and nominated for the prestigious international IMPAC/Dublin Literary Prize). He also edited A Shapely Fire: Changing the Literary Landscape (Mosaic Press) and Another Way to Dance: Contemporary… Read more »
Dressed in Dead Uncles (Black Moss Press, 2010) is an eclectic collection of poems ranging over themes and exploring what is meant by “birth, death and everything in between.” Poet Roger Bell, for his part wrote of the book, “I have finished re-reading your wonderful book. It is an achingly sad book, though not a… Read more »
Carlinda D’Alimonte grew up in Amherstburg, Ontario in an Italian immigrant home, an experience that is reflected strongly in her poetry. She teaches English and Creative Writing at an arts-based high school in Windsor where she is Department Head of English. She regularly organizes readings and clinics given by visiting writers and has been involved… Read more »
Edited by Hugh MacDonald This anthology is based on the experience of fifty-nine writers who are survivors of loss. This remarkable collection of stories and poems by some of Canada’s most exciting contemporary writers young and old offers a wide variety of answers to the oft asked question: How will I ever be able to get… Read more »
Celebrity! It’s “when we clamber upwards in men’s eyes/up on the lacquered rungs of praise” according to Roger Nash. This anthology, edited by Roger Bell, explores celebrity through the eyes of writers and poets.