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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Kerry on Can Lit Reviews Shadow Crossing by Lea Harper (BMP, 2000)

Check out this review of Lea Harper’s Shadow Crossing (Black Moss Press, 2000) on the blog Kerry on Can Lit. Here’s a preview: Although poet Lea Harper’s collection, Shadow Crossing is an evocative exploration of life’s passages, the reach of family, the manifestations of light and dark within an individual life, and a search for meaning and connection, anchored firmly... 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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Crossing Arcs by Susan McMaster reviewed by Arc

Arc posted this great review of Crossing Arcs by Susan McMaster. Here’s a sample: In terms of composition, crossing arcs is the most unique to the group: it deals most intensely with the nature of memory and what happens to people and their families when memory fails. The book centres on McMaster’s relationship with her mother, Betty, as they both... Read more »

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Tabitha Foundation newsletter features forthcoming Black Moss book

The most recent newsletter from the Tabitha Foundation, a group working on charitable endeavours in Cambodia, featured forthcoming Black Moss book Day Moon Rising by Terry Ann Carter.

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Irving’s Coat

Writing a movie script for Sammy Davis, Jr., breaking up a fight between Len Gasparini and Irving Layton, letting Layton borrow his coat because someone swiped his, playing practical jokes on the American icon Joyce Carol Oates and establishing one of the first cre- ative writing departments in Canadian universities . . . These are... 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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Left Hand Horses

In Left Hand Horses, acclaimed poet John B. Lee offers the reader “a clear view into the deep wells of the interior life of an individual writer.” Lee, one of Canada’s most successful and important poets, has redefined the autobiographicalwriting genre. Beyond a mere personal account ofthe author’s life, Left Hand Horses, provides essential information for any aspiring writers. “When I... Read more »

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The Fee for Exaltation

While researching his Irish heritage, Tyndall finds that century old schisms in the old world still exist today in Canada, and physical and ideological wounds have a tendency to re-open. Through an exploration of ‘old rich links’ and ‘precious roots’ Tyndall offers glimpses of renewal and peace within the narrator’s internal struggle.  

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When the Earth Was Flat

Enter a world where anything can happen and does. Fraser moves from horror masks to hesitant souls. He takes us on this odyssey of life experiences and identity crisis. His abstract writing captures the moods of his characters in such a way that ittakes the reader through pain, doubt, truth and actuality. Fraser captures the... Read more »

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Cleavage: A Life in Breasts

Cleavage, a provocative new book by Marilyn Gear Pilling of Hamilton, Ontario, is the journal of one woman’s life as told through her breasts. Breastfeeding ranges from bawdy – her second nursed like a baby piglet latched to the sow – to sensual – they’d become one dumb nurturing animal overflowing with milk and a mute acceptance... Read more »

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What Someone Wanted

As part of Black Moss Press’ First Lines Series, this first full poetry collection, What Someone Wanted by Shirley Graham, is a book about the longing, loneliness, alienation and sometimes miraculous union that can occur in “the infinite land between one and two.” Using a diversity of styles that range from spare, unadorned poetry to prose that calls... Read more »

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Never Sleep With Anyone from Windsor

Jon R. Flieger is a Windsor, Ontario writer who peels back the gritty side of a border town, exposing the urban blight, and shows a landscape that has been exploited and exhausted. His vision through a narrator is bleak and depressing. But there is an upside and an optimism that broods beneath the surface, and... Read more »

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Gumshoe

Wendy Morton’s latest collection of poetry, Gumshoe, follows in the footsteps of her previous works, examining the joy, pain and pitfalls of life as a careful and thorough detective would. “Poets are goofy. They find shadows, take pictures of shoes, wear glitter. Sing” Under the microscope, everyday life in Gumshoe is distilled into lines of... Read more »

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Never a Straight Line

Never A Straight Line tackles a subject that is politically explosive as society grapples with the big question of how generations to come will survive with a world that is only now coming to grips with the slowdestruction of the natural world. Into this mix go the stories of families, of urban development, conservation and waste.... Read more »

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The Gargoyle’s Left Ear: Writing in Ottawa

The Gargoyle’s Left Ear: Writing in Ottawa presents a unique blend of vignettes, reminiscence, and poetry from well known Ottawa writer Susan McMaster. How has this town transformed a shy girl into an outgoing performer and prize-winning poet whose dozenplus books and recordings have been featured across Canada and beyond? “To admit the draw of starlight…” writes... Read more »

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Do Not Call Me By My Name Reviewed by Story Circle

Story Circle Book Reviews recently published a thoughtful review of Lisa Shatzky‘s Do Not Call Me By My Name. Here’s a sample of what reviewer Mary Ann Moore had to say: I couldn’t help but be saddened by the poems and angered too by the residential school system and its long-lasting effects. In “Blackberries” the poet writes: “Even... Read more »

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