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 »

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Poetry at the Manor Vol 4

This years instalment of Poetry at the Manor is less than two weeks away! Make sure you arrive early on October 27th to Willistead Manor as past gatherings have been standing room only. This year we have are honoured to host poets from across Canada, with Yvonne Blomer (Victoria, British Columbia), Micheline Maylor (Calgary, Alberta), Anna... Read more »

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Zigzags

Zigzags, a collection of Nash’s latest poetry, explores how virtually none of our thoughts, actions or feelings go very far without becoming paradoxes and contradictions. Some paradoxes are humourous, but some are deadly. The poems debunk an intellectualism that pretends we can strategize straight lines of progress to our goals. Rather, “Life’s walking a straight... Read more »

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Look At Her

In her follow up to I Am That Woman, Shields’ new collection of poetry is rooted in questions, answers and reflections about womanhood that pulsate through her lived experience as mother, poet, wife, daughter and friend. Whether Shields is reaching into her past – the history, the women, the houses; or holding the present in her... Read more »

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Two Maps of Emery

Two Maps of Emery is Laurence Hutchman’s second book dedicated to the place in North York, a district of Toronto, called Emery. Most in the GTA would not know of this place. But Hutchman brings it back to life in this book of memoir-styled poetry. This is where he grew up. When his family first arrived... Read more »

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The Widow’s Land: Superstition and Farming… a Madness of Daughters

This is a book about superstition, life in rural Canada, and it will appeal to those who hunger for memoir, the way things were, and the curiosities of life that somehow can’t be believed. Almost two hundred years ago author John B. Lee’s great-great grandfather departed from Ireland for the new world with the prospect... Read more »

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Big Medicine Comes to Erie

Big Medicine Comes to Erie is a poetic exploration of modern day Southwestern Ontario from the viewpoint of a Lenni Lenape speaker. Lockhart takes the reader on a journey through time in the first section of his collection. Touching on major events throughout history, the lyric poetry paints a picture of the Delaware peoples’ migration to... Read more »

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DA Lockhart on Big Medicine

This that Must Be Sung In 2013, we packed up our home on Indianapolis’ eastside and moved back to my hometown of Windsor, ON. This moment in our lives marked a critical change in both who we were and the arc that our lives are to take. I mention this because almost two centuries previous,... Read more »

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The Voodoo Journal: Dispatches of a Haitian Grave

Some stories insist on being told. In his first published book, award winning Post Media journalist Don Lajoie, gives the reader a gripping and un-apologetically honest tale of his experiences as an award-winning journalist in Haiti. With stories accumulated over his many years of work in Haiti, Lajoie leads the reader confidently through the dichotomy... Read more »

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Roger Nash Article

Roger Nash’s newest book Zigzags was featured on Sudbury.com a couple days ago. Visit the link to read more.

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Don Lajoie Talks Haiti

And so, after, what? four years combing through old newspaper clippings, hour after painstaking hour of research, miles of pacing spent trying to dredge up murky memories dating back three decades and then countless more hours writing, rewriting, editing and proofing the resulting stories; I have been informed by the publisher that my first book,... Read more »

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Reviews and Honourable Mentions

I’m pleased to share the news that André Narbonne’s debut book Twelve Miles to Midnight was featured in a Toronto Star article on the weekend. Click the link to read the full article. Congratulations also goes to John B. Lee for receiving Honourable Mention  in the 2016 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Prize Poetry contest. John received the... Read more »

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Roger Nash Talks Zigzags

Sometimes, fellow writers ask me, “How can we write poetry, with such terrible things going on in the world around us? After listening to the morning news, I can’t start a poem.” Adorno spoke of the impossibility of writing poetry after Auschwitz. A demonic variety of evils have continued, in an unbroken stream, to the... Read more »

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Upcoming Launches

Black Moss Press is kicking off the fall season with several events featuring a wide variety of writers. Leading the way is Vanessa Shields launching her newest book of poetry Look At Her on September 22nd at the Studio Theatre Jackman Dramatic Arts Centre of the University of Windsor. Poet Vanessa Shields always dazzles audiences with her... Read more »

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John B. Lee on The Widow’s Land

No One Ever Comments on the Flies … When world-renowned photographer Yousuf Karsh passed away, the curator of the national gallery collection commented on Karsh’s famous photograph of virtuoso cellist Pablo Casals, “When people talk about that iconic portrait, no one ever comments on the flies.” I immediately went to seek out, find, and have... Read more »

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Vanessa Shields Look At Her Tour

Hi everyone. It’s a busy time at the press, what with launching 6 books this season (with a 7th on the way.) And we want to make sure that you’re all caught up on tour dates and signings for your favourites. So we’re sending our authors far and wide in an effort to make sure... Read more »

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Hourglass Literary Magazine Contest

We’re pleased to announce that John B. Lee won the Hourglass Literary Magazine’s Best Poem Award for his poem “Lalo’s Walls.” Please follow the link for more information. Congratulations John!

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Poet Laureate Reading

Join Black Moss poets Anna Yin, Marty Gervais and John B. Lee at the Mississauga Central Library on September 14th as they participate in a Poet Laureate reading. Taking place at 7 pm, the event will include Canadian Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke, and Mississauga Youth Poet Laureate Rebecca Zseder. Hosted by Governor General Award... Read more »

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Love Poetry Festival 2016

Black Moss Poets Karen Mulhallen and Anna Yin recently participated in the Love Poetry Festival. This is the first year of the Love Poetry Festival celebrating the lives of Milton Acorn and Gwen MacEwen. Please enjoy the following video of the festivities.

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Vanessa Shields Launch

It is with great pleasure that I write today concerning the launch of poet Vanessa Shields’ newest book of poetry Look At Her. The reading will be held on September 22, at 7pm @ the University of Windsor’s Studio Theatre in the Drama Building. Enjoy Vanessa’s unique, poignant writing coupled with the beats of a trio... Read more »

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