Brand New Videos from Black Moss Press!

Black Moss will be releasing a couple exciting new books in the fall. Here’s a trailer for the Windsor-focused poetry collection, Whisky Sour City Whisky Sour City Trailer The second is Talking Derby: Stories from a Life on Eight Wheels, by Kate “Pain Eyre” Hargreaves, a book that follows her adventures and misadventures as a... Read more »

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Wendy Morton Poem Becomes a Video

Port Alberni’s Centennial Committee has released this video featuring one of Black Moss poet Wendy Morton’s poems. Check it out here.

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An Unfinished War: Featured on Numero Cinq Magazine

Douglas Glover’s Numero Cinq Magazine has released a feature on Black Moss’ new anthology, An Unfinished War, edited by John B. Lee, which features some of Glover’s work. Check out the full article here.

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Imagining Lives Receives Praise

Bernice Lever‘s recent publication Imagining Lives has received great praise from poet Allan Breismaster. Here’s what he had to say: Candid and forthright, vigourous and visceral, the poetry in Imagining Lives is “truly awake / to being,” as it bravely bodies forth the tension between persistent vitality and the infirmities flesh and spirit are heirs... Read more »

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Peter Levitt

Peter Levitt received the prestigious Lannan Literary Award in Poetry in 1989. In addition to his books of poetry and prose, he has published translations from Chinese, Japanese and Spanish. He immigrated to Canada in 2000 and lives with his wife, poet Shirley Graham, and their son, Tai, in British Columbia.

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Peter Hrastovec

Peter Hrastovec grew up in, and lives in Windsor, Ontario. He is a lawyer as well as a poet, and has had work appear previously in The Windsor ReView’s Special FILTH issue (Spring 2012). In Lieu of Flowers is Peter Hrastovec’s first book of poetry and appears in the First Lines Series.

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Dueling Poet John B. Lee

Black Moss poet John B. Lee recently participated in a Dueling Poets event with Vermont Poet Laureate Syndey Lea. You can read all about it and see photos here. Here’s a snippet of what reviewer Pearl Pirie had to say: Both poets are “realists” in terms of storytelling. How do they not tell stories out of school? Lee... Read more »

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Guest Blog: Poetry is Essential by Vanessa Shields

Guest Blog: Poetry is Essential by Vanessa Shields The following quotes are taken from Elements of Poetry by Robert Scholes (1968)  “I, too, dislike I it [poetry]: there are things that are important beyond all this fiddle. Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one discovers in it after all, a place for the genuine”... Read more »

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How I Write: Guest Blog by Bruce Meyer

How I Write: Guest Blog by Bruce Meyer I have heard numerous authors lament that they wished they could bottle inspiration. There are those moments, such as the day Hemingway had in a Spanish hotel, when the ideas flow as if they are rivers of wine (the day he wrote three of his best stories... Read more »

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Guest Blog: Roller Derby is Not Pretty by Kate Hargreaves

An Excerpt from Talking Derby: Stories from a Life on Eight Wheels by Kate Hargreaves (forthcoming) Cheeks flush. Forehead lined with effort. Mascara smeared. Eyes squinting straight ahead. God, my jammer face is not pretty. Anyone who says that roller derby is just a bunch of girls skating in circles looking cute should take one... Read more »

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BlackMossPress.com Introduces Guest Blogs!

We are proud to introduce a new feature here at blackmosspress.com: our guest blog. Located at the bottom left of our home page, this section is where you will find interesting posts from Black Moss authors and other people in the literary world. We kicked off our guest blog section with a post from John B.... Read more »

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Guest Blog: Where do I Write by John B. Lee

Where Do I Write: the boy who made his own desk One of the questions that students of writing frequently ask me is, “Where do you write?” And I always say, “When I write, I want to be alone in a room, alone in the house, alone on the street, alone in the town, alone... Read more »

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Taxi Driver

When Raymond Knister drowned in the 1930s, he was at the height of his literary career. He had just begun to win major prizes, and had been published across the Atlantic alongside Gertrude Stein and Ernest Hemingway. He had also edited the first collection of Canadian short stories, and was at work on a number... Read more »

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Slow Ascent

Robert Hilles, a Governor General’s Award winning author, narrows his focus to the most intimate connections in his life — his family, friends, memories. He dissects the past making it accessible and familiar to us in this journey that takes him into self-discovery. He studies a picture of his father, and tells us how “haunted” he... Read more »

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Robert Sward: The Collected Poems

“Robert Sward is the master of the logical incongruity – the very essence of sur- prise and delight in poetry. He is a compassionate storyteller who looks at life through the sincerity and profundity of genuine wit, always rising above the ordinary, the mundane and the despairing” from the introduction by Bruce Meyer. Robert Sward’s... Read more »

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The Farm on the Hill He Calls Home

With the publication of John B. Lee’s memoir of growing up on a farm in southwestern Ontario, Black Moss has launched its first title in its Settlements series, This is a series of books where Canadian artists reflect on the land, the neighbourhood and the “place” in their lives; thereby telling the story of this country.... Read more »

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Songs of the Wounded: New and Selected Poems

Greg Cook is one of the most prolific poets on the east coast. This Yarmouth- born writer celebrates his long career as a poet with this newest book, Songs of the Wounded: New and Selected Poems. As he will tell you, in a way all poems become love poems, and art, like love, is an act... Read more »

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Now that We Know Who We Are

In this first of the First Lines series, a series devoted to writers publishing their first book of poetry, Carlinda D’Alimonte charts the emergence of a writer through memories of growing up in the 1950’s and 60’s as the child of Italian immigrants. She explores many of her parents’ early immigrant expe- riences, probing her mother’s trip... Read more »

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Grace Notes

In music, a grace note is an ornament, a very small, unessential part. In Eugene McNamara’s Grace Notes: New and Selected Poems, the grace is large and functional. The poet’s love of music (Part 1), history/literature (Part 2) and family (Part 3) are ultimately saving while his craft throughout is elegant, full of grace. The... Read more »

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Terry Ann Carter in Cambodia

Day Moon Rising, Terry Ann Carter’s fourth collection of poetry encompasses the struggles and hopes of Cambodia. The effortless way she combines haiku and lyric poetry provides a humbling and inspiring look at the history of Cambodia, and the nation’s attempt to rise above thier hardships. As Terry Ann says, “poetry is another way to recount... Read more »

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