John B. Lee The Banister Contest

Congratulations to John B. Lee on winning first place for his poem “What Awaits Me in the Sandwash” and a Judge’s Choice award for “Walking the Trail Near Crawley Falls, New Hampshire”. These poems will be appearing in the 32nd volume of The Banister. John B. Lee’s most recent book from Black Moss Press was The Widow’s... Read more »

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The Widow’s Land: Superstition and Farming… a Madness of Daughters

This is a book about superstition, life in rural Canada, and it will appeal to those who hunger for memoir, the way things were, and the curiosities of life that somehow can’t be believed. Almost two hundred years ago author John B. Lee’s great-great grandfather departed from Ireland for the new world with the prospect... Read more »

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Reviews and Honourable Mentions

I’m pleased to share the news that André Narbonne’s debut book Twelve Miles to Midnight was featured in a Toronto Star article on the weekend. Click the link to read the full article. Congratulations also goes to John B. Lee for receiving Honourable Mention  in the 2016 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Prize Poetry contest. John received the... Read more »

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Upcoming Launches

Black Moss Press is kicking off the fall season with several events featuring a wide variety of writers. Leading the way is Vanessa Shields launching her newest book of poetry Look At Her on September 22nd at the Studio Theatre Jackman Dramatic Arts Centre of the University of Windsor. Poet Vanessa Shields always dazzles audiences with her... Read more »

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John B. Lee on The Widow’s Land

No One Ever Comments on the Flies … When world-renowned photographer Yousuf Karsh passed away, the curator of the national gallery collection commented on Karsh’s famous photograph of virtuoso cellist Pablo Casals, “When people talk about that iconic portrait, no one ever comments on the flies.” I immediately went to seek out, find, and have... Read more »

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Hourglass Literary Magazine Contest

We’re pleased to announce that John B. Lee won the Hourglass Literary Magazine’s Best Poem Award for his poem “Lalo’s Walls.” Please follow the link for more information. Congratulations John!

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Poet Laureate Reading

Join Black Moss poets Anna Yin, Marty Gervais and John B. Lee at the Mississauga Central Library on September 14th as they participate in a Poet Laureate reading. Taking place at 7 pm, the event will include Canadian Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke, and Mississauga Youth Poet Laureate Rebecca Zseder. Hosted by Governor General Award... Read more »

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Upcoming Fall Titles

After much hard work I’m pleased to announce that our Fall books are off to the printer and will soon be in fine bookstores across the country. Here is the list of titles that will be launched by Black Moss Press in Fall 2016. Vanessa Shields’ newest collection of poetry Look At Her is sure to be... Read more »

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John B. Lee Interview

In 2005, John B. Lee was inducted as Poet Laureate of Brantford in perpetuity and in 2011 he was appointed Poet Laureate of Norfolk County. A recipient of over sixty prestigious international awards for his writing, he is the winner of the $10, 000 CBC Literary Award for Poetry and the only two-time recipient of... Read more »

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John B. Lee Guest Blog Post

Safety is a superstition; cleanliness a sin … Blood in the yolk. Flies pooled in butter. Straw in raw milk. Worms in the apples. Worms in the peaches and pears. Fur on the cheese from the fridge in the shed. Mold cut from salvaged slices of white bread set aside in blue circles like winey... Read more »

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Poetry at the Manor Vol. 3

Here at the press we’re gearing up for Poetry at the Manor on Thursday. We have 5 poets coming from all over Ontario to regale you in the beautiful surroundings of Willistead Manor. Don’t miss John B. Lee, Anna Yin, Debbie Okun Hill, Roger Nash, Terry Burns and of course Windsor’s own Marty Gervais. Vanessa... Read more »

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REVIEW: Keith Inman’s “The War Poems”

We Live Small Lives, review by John B. Lee, Poet Laureate of Brantford, Poet Laureate of Norfolk County   The War Poems by poet Keith Inman is an amazing book.  I have to say it is one of the best books of poems I’ve read in quite some time.  It is brilliant! I think that... Read more »

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READING: Bluewater Reading Series

Check out the Bluewater Reading Series on November 8 featuring two BMP authors, John B. Lee and Vanessa Shields! Free admission, this is a great event to hear words from various poets in Sarnia, Ontario.

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REVIEW: Debbie Okun Hill’s “Tarnished Trophies” by John B. Lee

Tarnished Trophies   Debbie Okun Hill Black Moss Press, 2014, 88 pp. ISBN 978-0-88753-528-4 Review by John B. Lee In a recent conversation former hockey player Wayne Gretzky — the Great One — is quoted as saying, “If I were playing in the NHL today …” and it is not difficult to infer a certain level... Read more »

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BOOK REVIEW: John B. Lee’s Burning My Father

Burning My Father Review by: Ronnie R. Brown John B. Lee Black Moss Press, 2014, 87 pp ISBN: 978-0-88753-532-1   How is a great poet created? Well, in the case of John B. Lee, the author of over 50 books; whose work has appeared internationally in over 500 publications; who is the poet laureate of... Read more »

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Editing and Publishing Practicum Students Donate to Raise-A-Reader

Congratulations to Marty Gervais and the University of Windsor’s Editing and Publishing practicums for being recognized for their efforts in donating $1000 for Postmedia’s Raise-a-Reader Day, a campaign that aspires to raise funds for literacy. Well done!   To read about and watch a video on how great these students are: http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2014/06/17/students-aim-to-inspire-with-donation/

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Double Book Launch! Lights, Literature & Laughter – feature new poetry for Lee & Wing Jr!

It’s the main Black Moss Press event of the Spring! With National Poetry Month just around the (chilly) corner, Publisher Marty Gervais and the students in the Editing & Publishing Practicum at the University of Windsor are extremely proud to present: Lights, Literature & Laughter – Launching new poetry from John B Lee and John... Read more »

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Edmonton Poetry Festival – An Evening with Poets Laureates – Videos!

What do you get when you gather Poets Laureate from across Canada? An evening of poetic passion and stellar reading! Did you know that three of Canada’s Poets Laureate are Black Moss Press authors? Indeed! Marty Gervais, John B Lee and Bruce Meyer are all part of the Black Moss Press family! Click on the... Read more »

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Triple Book Launch Set for Thursday, January 23!

John B Lee, April Bulmer and Vanessa Shields will be launching their newest books from Black Moss Press in a triple book launch poetry extravaganza on Thursday, January 23, 2014. The intention of the night’s festivities is to celebrate poetry – and get the crowd writing too! Poetry is accessible and fun – that’s the... Read more »

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Hear Here! Episode #1 – Welcome to Hear Here!

Welcome to the first episode of Hear Here, Black Moss Press’ video blog. Stay tuned via our site and our Youtube Channel for upcoming episodes. In Episode #1 we welcome you to this amazing new video blog! What is it and how does it work? Do you have an idea you’d like us to talk about?... Read more »

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