Our publishing program and our values as a literary press are focused on telling those stories in a way that engages and connects as only narrative literature and poetry can.
David Hayes, The Toronto Star
Chronicling and exploring the Canadian experience and landscape for more than 50 years
Black Moss, celebrated its 50th year in publishing in 2019, remains dedicated to publishing new and innovative work by authors from across Canada.
We publish literature and narrative poetry that chronicles and explores experiences common to the everyday lives of Canadians, the places they live and current and historical events that have had an impact on their lives.
In the process we make literature, and poetry in particular, relevant to a wide variety of audiences and open the door to a new way of looking at the world to people who would not normally be interested in these genres.
"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…” – The Toronto Star, 2017
"One of Canada's most important literary presses."
Black Moss Press is ... driven by a passion for literature and for producing high-quality publications.
Black Moss has a special role and responsibility in promoting literature and the arts in Windsor and across southwestern Ontario, publishing and promoting the work of writers from across the region and building an active and growing interest in Canadian writing and literature in the region. Every year, much of our list is composed of titles from southwestern Ontario writers. Our annual Poetry at the Manor reading at Willistead in Windsor is a community highlight.
Innovators in Canadian literature
From arranging readings in hockey arenas, boxing rings and major league baseball stadiums to partnering with symphony orchestras and art galleries, Black Moss has introduced innovations that connect people to poetry and literature.
As part of this and to provide our authors with platforms to explore, we have introduced:
- First Lines, a special series in which we publish and highlight first books by new Canadian writers
- Themed anthologies involving writers exploring a topic of general interest from God and faith to cars, sex and hockey
- Palm Poets, a numbered series that fits in the palm of the hand, and is a unique numbered format to encourage collectors
- The 64/10 poetry series that showcases poetry in 64 pages at an affordable $10
Advice for aspiring authors
As part of our commitment to narrative poetry and literary publishing, we host a writer’s salon on an ad hoc basis. Aspiring writers can get advice from Black Moss Publisher Marty Gervais or our authors who volunteer their time. Completely free. Watch our site for information on the next Writers’ Salon or sign up for our newsletter.