Marty Gervais is an award winning journalist, photographer, poet, playwright, historian, editor and teacher.
In 1998, he won the prestigious Toronto’s Harbourfront Festival Prize for his contributions to Canadian letters and to emerging writers. In 1996, he was awarded the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Award for his book, Tearing Into A Summer Day. That book was awarded the City of Windsor Mayor’s Award for literature.
In 2003, Gervais was again awarded City of Windsor Mayor’s Award for literature, this time for his book, To Be Now: new and selected poems.
In 2005, Gervais was featured on a film made for TV Bravo. The film, Heart of A Poet, was made by Maureen Judge. It explores the life of Gervais as a poet, journalist and photographer. For the past 5 years, Gervais has also led a group of writers and students to France where they read at Shakespeare & Co. Books in Paris.
In 2005, Gervais’ first novel, Reno,was published and launched at BookFest Windsor. Taking My Blood, an elegant chapbook based on 17 days in a hospital with a debilitating condition of Crohn’s Disease, was published in late 2005.
In 2006, Gervais published Wait For Me. It was launched at the Mocombo Cafe in Victoria and at a reading on Salt Spring Island, B.C. In 2009, Mosaic Press published Lucky Days.
Gervais has been the recipient of nearly twenty Newspaper Awards for journalism. His most recent involved his work in Iraq in 2005. In 2008, he went to Bosnia to cover boxing.
Marty Gervais received a B.A. from the University of Guelph, and an M.A. from the University of Windsor where he studied writing under the celebrated Canadian novelist and short story writer Morley Callaghan. He has written more than a dozen books of poetry, two plays and a novella. His most successful work, The Rumrunners, a book about the Prohibition period, was a Canadian bestseller in 1980. It was re-released in the late 2000s and once again became a bestseller.
Equally successful was Seeds In The Wilderness, a book of essays based on interviews Gervais conducted with such notable religious leaders as Mother Theresa, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Hans Kung and Terry Waite. With this latter book, Gervais photographed many of these world leaders.
In addition to being a writer, Marty Gervais is the founder and publisher of Black Moss Press.
Marty Gervais lives in Windsor, ON and currently teaches creative writing and, the only practicum course of its kind in Canada, the Editing & Publishing Practicum (University of Windsor), which he designed so students learn how to publish a book from manuscript to book.
His newest publication by Black Moss Press is People of Faith, The Story of Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital 1888-2013. Gervais is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Windsor, ON.