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 a hit. Reflecting on the strong women who have influenced her, Shields explores what it means to be a woman in every sense of the word. Sometimes lighthearted and other times brutally honest, but always full of grace and wisdom, Shields’ newest book of poetry is one for the ages. Please visit her blog for a taste of the publishing process and what to expect from Look At Her: link.
Windsor’s own D.A. Lockhart will be launching his first book of poetry Big Medicine Comes to Erie, in which he tells the story of the area of Windsor and Essex County. Beginning with the arrival of the Delaware peoples to the shores of Erie, he continues on into the era of metal bridges and church steeples, where Tecumseh is a road and no longer the “martyr that all too few are willing to remember.” He joins the native history of the area with the present through his poetry seamlessly, creating his own oral culture that will resonate with people for years to come.
Former Windsor Star reporter and award-winning journalist Don Lajoie presents his first full-length book The Voodoo Journal: dispatches from a Haitian grave. Within the pages of this book lies a sentimental yet refreshingly and unapologetically honest account of a man’s time in Haiti. Lajoie invites the reader on a journey to Haiti to “bear witness to what [they] find, the good and the bad. Every story counts, whether written by a native Haitian or by a visiting white journalist humbled just to be there.” Including photographs from award-winning photographer Rob Gurdebeke; The Voodoo Journal will plunge readers into Haiti’s garbage-lined streets, the devastating earthquake of 2010, the diverse and rich traditions of Voodoo, the groundbreaking architecture, the thriving music scene, and the history of Haiti as a people of rebellion and survival.
Last Fall we posted a blog from John B. Lee that was actually an excerpt from his upcoming book (link if you are interested in revisiting it.) Lee’s newest work is a literary memoir about life growing up on a farm in rural Ontario. The Widow’s Land: superstition and farming… a madness of daughters continues where Lee left off in The Farm on the Hill He Calls Home and takes the reader on a journey through history, personal and otherwise. John B. Lee is at the height of his literary powers in his newest memoir about growing up on a farm in rural Ontario.
In 1998 Laurence Hutchman published Emery, a collection of poetry dedicated to the place where he grew up. It was received with wild acclaim and sold out within 5 years. 18 years later, Hutchman’s latest collection of poetry Two Maps of Emery continues the tradition of weaving the history of the area in North York into lyric poems. Tackling the broader history of Emery as well as his own personal history, Hutchman pays homage to past settlers and his childhood. Follow the link for a detailed article on Hutchman’s life and Emery from the Emery Village Voice.
Roger Nash’s poetry captures a moment in time and analyzes it in such a way as to turn the mundane into its own small work of art. It is with this same subtle grace that he tackles the bigger issues of life in Zigzags, his latest book of poetry from Black Moss Press. In his patented style of wit, Nash mixes philosophy with poetry in an attempt to turn our ‘modern’ way of thinking on its head and point out to the reader where we go wrong in our reasoning.
Be sure to check back often, as we will be posting a series of guest blog posts from the authors about their newest works.