Eugene McNamara

Eugene McNamara is a profound voice in Canadian Literature. He was born in Oak Park, Illinois and immigrated to Canada in 1959. McNamara attended Northwestern University where he received his Ph.D. He taught American literature and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor, where he is now Professor Emeritus. He was the founder and Editor… Read more »

Where the Night Comes Closest

by Betsy Struthers This collection focuses on the link between landscape and language, place and identity. The poems extend this exploration through the themes of darkness, ignorance, loneliness, the familiar made strange and of how we deal with it in language as the images that haunt us are made tangible in words. Where the Night… Read more »

Swimming in the Dark

In this first book, Ross Belot invokes four essential elements: the vastness of the Canadian landscape, the natural world, longing for another and the religious. These elements are used to develop an arc through the five sections of the book that focuses on the theme of self- exploration. <img class=”alignnone” title=”swimming” alt=”” src=”” width=”500″ height=”500″… Read more »

Missionary Positions

Missionary Positions is a collection of inter-connected short, short stories about a fictitious school called The Daycare Learning Company and interaction of the staff among themselves and with their administrator – Missionary Boss Woman. The writing is witty, entertaining, poignant, perceptive and jarring. Sometimes the stories make the reader shake with laughter. Other times, the… Read more »

Under the Weight of Heaven

The Abbey of Gethsemani is one of the most famous monasteries in the world. In this new Black Moss anthology, poet John B. Lee has pulled together a remarkable collection of writing about the Abbey by authors who have stayed there and by monks who have lived there. Against the backdrop of this writing is… Read more »

When the Red Light Goes On Get Off

Canadian comedian John Wing’s life in comedy has taken him to appearances on the Tonight Show, David Letterman and on stage in Las Vegas as well as comedy clubs and appearances across North America. This is his memoir.


This collection from Peterborough poet Betsy Struthers explores what it is to be living at the beginning of a new century in the middle of an ordinary life – that of a wife, a mother, a woman who works and travels, and reads and remembers. Through the calm contemplation of sensation and experience, these poems… Read more »

Totally Unused Heart

Totally Unused Heart is the first book in the second half of internationally- acclaimed, award-winning Canadian poet John B. Lee’s writing life. As such it brings together poems written over a period of the past two years and includes some of the best to date. As the author observes in an interview, “there is an increasing complexity… Read more »

Leaving Footsteps

This anthology brings together the best poetry by southwestern Ontario women writers. The work includes engaging passages of poetic prose, long poems and short verse, all of which explore the imagination and interest in women’s thoughts, emotions and issues. These are writers who hail from small towns, farms and cities from Toronto south to Windsor…. Read more »

Reading Like a Girl

In Reading Like a Girl, Rishma Dunlop explores themes of immigration, Punjabi Sikh heritage, suburban life in the late 1950s and 1960s, diasporic and hybrid identity, the construction of a life through reading literature, comic book heroes and postcolonial education. The poet creates a lush land- scape of contrasts and paradoxes, scenes that include women in saris… 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 »

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 »

All That Desire

By the author of Still, winner of the 2004 Pat Lowther award. All that Desire collects works from nine of Besty Struthers’ previously published books of poetry, from 1984 until the present, alongside a selection of brand new poems. Old poems rest against new, cycling through birth, life, and death, families coming together and falling… Read more »

The Book of Places

“Serious, playful, and governed by the eye’s apprehension of the familiar as well as the shockingly new, Yvonne Blomer’s Book of Places takes us cycling through Asian landscapes, Britain’s stone cathedrals, and the intimate landmarks of home, where these poems accumulate earthly wonders: rivers and rain, animals, leaves, bamboo’s hollow knock against stone. She drops… Read more »