Prompted by Happiness Book Launch

Tune in tomorrow evening on Zoom as Elizabeth Zetlin launches her latest book of poetry Prompted by Happiness! Tomorrow evening at 7pm we encourage you to follow the link to the Zoom meeting to enjoy a live reading! Watch the trailer below for more information and a special look at what to expect! https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82994506762?pwd=THFCb2t0ZmVEMDhydi9jL2VmUk1Rdz09

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A Thousand Ways to Kiss the Earth Virtual Reading and Interview

Lisa Shatzky’s newest collection of poetry, A Thousand Ways to Kiss the Earth, is being launched in October 2020, and to kick off the festivities we’re happy to present a video of Lisa Shatzky reading a poem from her latest book. We’re also pleased to share this interview with Lisa, created by the Bowen Island... Read more »

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Samantha Badaoa and Laurie Smith Virtual Launch

We’re pleased to release this virtual launch for Samantha Badaoa’s So am I and Laurie Smith’s Suck and Spit, to stand in for the traditional launch that would have taken place. Samantha Badaoa is Windsor, Ontario’s inaugural youth poet laureate. She specializes in slam poetry that ranges from topics of family and religion to her experiences with love... Read more »

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Bruce Meyer Reading 1967

As we work our way through this quarantine we wanted to look back on better times when we were able to gather freely and celebrate together. At Black Moss we couldn’t think of a better time to look back to than the year Canada celebrated its 150th birthday, and Bruce Meyer launched his celebratory book... Read more »

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Laurie Smith Interview

This week we’re very pleased to present an interview with Windsor poet Laurie Smith. Studying under Alistair MacLeod, she has her MA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor. She is the Co-Publisher/Editor at Cranberry Tree Press, and she runs creative writing workshops. Her newest book of poetry, Suck and Spit (2020), is... Read more »

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Mary Ann Mulhern Interview

Today’s interview is with poet laureate Mary Ann Mulhern about her latest book The Midnight Moon Sings of Murder. This is her 8th full book of poetry, and it focuses on the tragic murder of the Donnelly family. Please enjoy this interview and excerpts! Q: Can you tell us how you decided to write about this... Read more »

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Poetry Month Feature: Robert Hilles

Would you believe we’re in week four of National Poetry Month already? This week brings us an interview with Robert Hilles, a long time Black Moss Poet and past recipient of the Governor General’s award for Cantos from a Small Room. Robert’s poetry focuses on capturing the quiet moments of life, his writing style is lyric... Read more »

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Poetry Month Feature: Samantha Badaoa

Week three of National Poetry Month brings us an interview with an up and coming slam poet. Publishing her first book with Black Moss Press this month, and Windsor’s Youth Poet Laureate, Samantha Badaoa is one to watch out for. Her poetry is fresh and raw, exploring the heart of things like religion and love... Read more »

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Mary Ann Mulhern Rocking Retirement

Follow the link for a feature video highlighting Mary Ann Mulhern’s achievements in poetry: link.

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Roger Nash Reading and Poetry Nomination

Roger Nash will be reading at Nipissing University on Tuesday, February 7th from 9-10:30 alongside Dr. Laurie Kruk and Dr. Sarah Winters. He will be presenting material from his newest work Zigzags. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Roger and get a signed copy of Zigzags. For more information please see the attached PDF: KrukandWinters_Feb7... Read more »

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Congratulations Anna Yin!

A big congratulations to Anna Yin for being runner up for the 2017 Blue Light Books Twitter Contest! To see her winning poem click the link.

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Rest in Peace Rishma Dunlop

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we share the news of Rishma Dunlop’s passing on Sunday evening, April 17th. Her utterly devoted husband, David Sobelman, has been by her side throughout Rishma’s unjust illness. He was with her, holding her hand when she took her last breath. As a favorite poem of hers,... Read more »

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Terry Burns Interview

Terry Burns is a writer, visual artist and arts administrator who grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, lived in the Toronto area for about twenty years, and now lives in the country near Owen Sound, Ontario. She has just completed a two-year term as Owen Sound Poet Laureate, and just prior to that was the... Read more »

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Article: Lisa Shatzky on Running

Lisa Shatzky has written an article in Running Room Magazine about her personal relationship with running. She feels a connection between long-distance running and poetry, and how it affects the body and mind. Lisa has an upcoming poetry book with Black Moss Press, to be officially launched fall 2015. You can view the article at the link below: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/37f5d06c#/37f5d06c/67  ... Read more »

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Keith Inman: Mirette form

Keith Inman has won the 2015 Poeteer Award from The Ontario Poetry Society. This annual honour is presented to the poet who creates a new style of poetry. Inman calls his new form a Mirette (meaning a small mirror). Judge, Elana Wolff, called the Mirette, ‘delightful… The new form is demanding, but the rules are... Read more »

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Lorraine Gane events

Lorraine Gane is headed to Toronto this month, where she’ll be holding three events to read from her new poetry collections The Blue Halo and The Way the Light Enters. We hope you can check them out. Here is her schedule: June 9 (7 p.m.) at the Orangeville Public Library, 1 Mill St. June 16 (8 p.m.) at The Art Bar,... Read more »

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VIDEO: When Angels Weep

MPP Percy Hatfield read from Mary Ann Mulhern’s book When Angels Weep in the Ontario Legislature, in order to address the It’s Never Okay Action Plan to end sexual assault. You can watch it below. This book was edited by a group of English students working in the Editing and Publishing program at the University of... Read more »

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Contest Winner: Keith Inman

Congratulations to Keith Inman for winning second place in The Ontario Poetry Society’s ‘Clean as a Whistle Contest’ with his book Nest. We’re thrilled by the great news.

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Debbie Okun Hill events

Fresh off her Great Canadian PoeTrain Tour, Debbie Okun Hill has two upcoming events and a radio interview. We encourage you to check them out if you can. Thursday, May 21: workshop in Selkirk, Manitoba 7 p.m. at the new Gaynor Family Regional Library Sunday, May 24: featured on CKUW 95.9 FM P.I New Poetry a half-hour poetry-themed... Read more »

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Spring Book Launch

Our Spring Book Launch is fast approaching. Check out the poster below and come to the Caboto Club on April 8, 2015, to witness the launch of three new Black Moss Press books by the University of Windsor’s publishing class.

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