More than 600 first editions published … More than 200 new authors introduced
Our authors tell the stories of the people, places, events and passions that are important to Canadians. In the process, they make literature and narrative poetry accessible and relevant.
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We’re lucky to have Marty in our community, and to have his words shaping histories, sharing stories.
I’ve said it before - I’m very lucky to oversee Windsor’s Poet Laureate Program, and to have been able to build it up with Marty at the helm as our inaugural Poet Laureate, and then to continue working with him when he was named Poet Laureate Emeritus.
"And what of the presence in the city of Canada’s most widely celebrated literary publisher, Marty Gervais, poet laureate of the city of Windsor? His influence on generations of the practitioners of People’s Poetry is beyond measure…”
"One of Canada's most important literary presses."
Black Moss Press is ... driven by a passion for literature and for producing high-quality publications.
We bring literature to life
Hockey arenas… factory floors… city buses…
Black Moss and our authors make Canadian literature and poetry a part of everyday life, bringing new perspectives and ways of looking at day-to-day life and reaching out to audiences in unexpected ways.
Although I despise the word “lifestyle” the connection between agriculture and the wilderness, cultivation and culture, are very relevant and there is an entire way of life vanishing.
The ironic parallel for me as a writer is the disappearance of poetry in the life of the people. Once upon a time, when education was committed to the making of a well-rounded, fully engaged mind, my Uncle John, a shepherd who could quote Virgil and Shakespeare, is now gone. Even the educated classes don’t seem to realize the importance of the contemplative, slow thinking, lingering and deepening experience, and the entertainment of agitprop performance pieces. – John B. Lee
Black Moss books are distributed by Fitzhenry & Whiteside. We acknowledge and thank the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council for their generous support. Thank you as well to the City of Windsor for its support and encouragement of our press and building community awareness of and support for Canadian literature in Windsor.