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 »

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 » Introduces Guest Blogs!

We are proud to introduce a new feature here at 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Video of Do Not Call Me By My Name Launch & Reading – # has kindly posted a great video of Lisa Shatzky‘s launch and reading for her first poetry book Do Not Call Me By My Name. Here’s what OnBowen had to say about the reading: Accompanied by a wonderfully sensitive musician, Ruta Yawney on harp and flute, Lisa’s poetry was performed by herself, Don MacLean, Simon… Read more »

Robert Hilles Reads Noise Rises

Take a listen to this great recording of poet Robert Hilles reading the poem “Noise Rises” from his 2010 Black Moss Press collection Partake. Hilles releases his new book time lapse with Black Moss in Spring 2012.

Marty Gervais named 1st Poet Laureate of Windsor

Congratulations to Black Moss publisher Marty Gervais who was yesterday named the first ever Poet Laureate of Windsor. Here’s a snippet of what The Windsor Star had to say: “He’s a great storyteller, and he’s going to be telling Windsor’s story,” said Coun. Jo-Anne Gignac, who originally pushed for the position. City council on Monday night announced… Read more »

Molito in the Toronto Star

The Toronto Star did a blurb on Rosemary Sullivan, Juan Opitz and Colleen Sullivan‘s Molito in their “Non-fantasy book choices for gifts for kid-lits” feature. Here’s a peek at what Deirdre Baker had to say: An underground story with a sunny message, this tale’s political origins, described in the accompanying teacher’s guide, give it added heft.   Read the full article here.

It’s More Than Fame, It’s Community Pride: Poet Laureates

By Black Moss Press interns Jaclyn Wood, Rebecca Taylor, and Kristina Storey The City of Windsor is currently looking for their first Poet Laureate. The Ancient Greeks would pay tribute to their most notable poets by giving them this title; the Poet Laureate would be responsible for writing odes, which would celebrate royal events, such as… Read more »

Karen Mulhallen

Karen Mulhallen is an English teacher and a literary and visual arts scholar whose area of academic research is illustrated English books in the eighteenth century and in particular the art of William Blake. She has spent a life time working on magazines and is interested in the area where politics and culture overlap.Karen has… 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 »