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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I’ll Be There Soon

“I’ll Be There Soon suggests both impatience and hesitation, hope and dread, reflection and speculation, all before moving headlong toward the inevitable. In these poems, the past and the future are merely circuitous routes to the present. Their anecdotal style and casual tone are mere veils for intensely personal experiences. The promise of innocence – whether... Read more »

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Upcoming Fall Titles

After much hard work I’m pleased to announce that our Fall books are off to the printer and will soon be in fine bookstores across the country. Here is the list of titles that will be launched by Black Moss Press in Fall 2016. Vanessa Shields’ newest collection of poetry Look At Her is sure to be... Read more »

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How Poet Lorna Crozier and Her Cat Inspired My Poetry

Please enjoy a guest post from Anna Yin: You wonder. Well, the world of poetry is really crazy, full of magic. Back in 2006, when a growing band of Chinese poets in Canada founded a poetry magazine in Chinese and English: the North American Maple, I was an amateur poet although I had won the... Read more »

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Anna Yin, 2016 West Chester Poetry Conference

We are delighted to share with you Anna Yin’s experiences at the 2016 West Chester Poetry Conference. Please click the link for the blog post on her website: link.

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Mary Ann and Percy Hatfield

Thank you again to everyone who made it out to the book launch last week. Here is a picture of Mary Ann Mulhern and Percy Hatfield at Ben McNally Books.

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Toronto Book Launch

Don’t miss out! Tomorrow, June 8th at 6:30pm at Ben McNally Books, Black Moss Press and Fitzhenry & Whiteside will be launching three books. Mary Ann Mulhern’s How We Fare is a collection of poetry which takes events we read about in the news every day and humanizes them. André Narbonne’s first collection of award winning stories in which compassion... Read more »

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Toronto Poetry Launch

Black Moss Press is teaming up with Fitzhenry and Whiteside to bring the poetry to your doorstep. On June 8th at 6:30 pm we will be at Ben McNally Books to launch three books: André Narbonne’s Twelve Miles to Midnight, Mary Ann Mulhern’s How We Fare, and Ingrid Ruthig’s This Being. Mary Ann Mulhern is quickly gaining... Read more »

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Congratulations to John B. Lee

Join us in congratulating John B. Lee for wining first place in the 2016 Scugog Council for the Arts Literary Award. His winning poem is titled “…in the sixth year of the war.” John B. Lee’s newest book The Widow’s Land will be released by Black Moss Press in the early fall. Keep checking back for... Read more »

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Congratulations to Wendy Morton

We at Black Moss Press would like to extend our sincerest congratulations to Wendy Morton, who was recently awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for her work in the community promoting poetry. Wendy Morton is the founder of Random Acts of Poetry and The Elder Project chapbook. For more information follow the link to The Elder... Read more »

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Vanessa Shields on the Importance of Poetry

Black Moss Press author Vanessa Shields has posted an essay to her website concerning the importance of poetry in today’s society. Click the link and celebrate the last few days of National Poetry Month with Vanessa Shields.

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How We Fare

RAPE. MURDER. SCHOOL SHOOTINGS. PLANE CRASHES. These are the events we read in the news every day, but we so often forget about them. In this new collection by Windsor poet Mary Ann Mulhern, poetry is the vehicle used in telling the story of the tragedies and triumphs in a way that ensures that we... Read more »

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