Poetry at the Manor and Bookfest Windsor

The last two weeks have been chock full of literary events around the city of Windsor. On October 27th Marty Gervais hosted the 4th annual Poetry at the Manor, an evening featuring the talents of Poet Laureates from across the country. The night was a success, with standing room only. The poets included: Yvonne Blomer (Victoria,... 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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Anna Yin Poetry Review

The Puritan Magazine has reviewed Anna Yin’s Seven Nights with the Chinese Zodiac. Describing it as: Seven Nights with the Chinese Zodiac is, at once, about the unstoppable passage of time and what that means for individual humans and for our civilization as a whole. However, this poetry book is also a celebration of all that lives... 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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REVIEW: Keith Inman’s “The War Poems: Screaming at Heaven”

Keith Inman’s War Poems: Screaming at Heaven by Elspeth Cameron Is there such a thing as a “born poet”?  I think of Robbie Burns or Al Purdy.  If so, Keith Inman is one of them.  A quiet man who watches and reflects, the “words stay[ing] under his tongue,” as one of his poems puts it. ... 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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CONGRATULATIONS Black Moss Authors!

Congratulations to Debbie Okun Hill, whose poems, “A Simple Notion” and “Ornamental Tractors” won second and third prize (respectively) in the Ontario Poetry Society’s Ultra Short Poem Competition 2014. Special mention goes to Ronnie R. Brown and April Bulmer who also received mention for their poems “After the Fall” (Brown) and “Maris” (Bulmer). Well done,... 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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INTERVIEW: Bruce Meyer

“I love books. I don’t buy them for the sake of buying books. Some of my wife’s friends have suggested that I spend too much money on books and that I just buy them for the sake of buying them and that my interest is pointless. Not so. I buy books because I have an... Read more »

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NEW FALL CATALOGUE

Big things are happening at Black Moss Press as we prepare to launch our fall line of books! Check out our new fall catalogue to get a preview of what Black Moss has brewing in the coming weeks. Fall Catalogue  

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October 8: POETRY at the MANOR

Join publisher Marty Gervais at POETRY AT THE MANOR on October 8. Listen to some of Canada’s Poet Laureates and special guests present some of their own beautiful words.

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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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Black Moss Press Authors Represent in the Arborealis Prize for Poetry

Congratulations to Black Moss Press authors on their winnings for the Arborealis Prize for Poetry! Way to represent and make us proud! Mention goes to… April Bulmer, who won second prize for her poem “Cleo: Great-With-Child, Montreal” Keith Inman, who received an honorable mention for his poem “Crosscut” Vanessa Shields, who received a Judge’s Choice... 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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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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Poets Laureate Take Windsor by a Storm of Words

Over several days, Poets Laureates from across Canada came to Windsor to read and inspire crowds. Hosted by the Cultural Affairs Office of the City of Windsor, Black Moss Press, and welcomed by the University of Windsor, Herman High School, Catholic Central High School and St. Joseph’s High School, Windsor’s own Poet Laureate Marty Gervais... Read more »

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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 »

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It’s More Than Fame, It’s Community Pride: Poet Laureates

By Black Moss Press interns Jaclyn Wood, Rebecca Taylor, and Kristina Storey The City of Windsor is currently looking for their first Poet Laureate. The Ancient Greeks would pay tribute to their most notable poets by giving them this title; the Poet Laureate would be responsible for writing odes, which would celebrate royal events, such as... Read more »

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