John Wing – He’s A Poet Too! Details on Book Launch!

Comedian John Wing, the upcoming Guest Storyteller at the ‘Love’ edition Mouth Piece event on February 23 is getting another book of poetry published in April 2016! Indeed, he’s a funny man for his job, but his soul is pure poet. Here to tell you about his forthcoming book as well as two other books that are launching the same day as John’s is a special guest post from the teams in the Editing & Publishing Practicum at the University of Windsor – the powerful people behind the scenes who help bring these books to life! Details about the triple book launch is below! You can have a chance to meet the students at our Mouth Piece event!

Written by Maggie Chan, Emily Anderson and Laura Mulrooney

For the past 10 years, students at the University of Windsor have been able to participate in a unique editing and publishing practicum offered through the Department of English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing with Marty Gervais, who subsequently publishes the books with his publishing company, Black Moss Press. The special guest for this month’s Mouth Piece event, John Wing, will be releasing his latest book through the practicum this April alongside local author Mary Ann Mulhern and University of Windsor English professor André Narbonne. Here’s a sneak peek at what these books are all about!

I’ll Be There Soon by John Wing

You’ve seen him on stage, but have you really heard the man behind the microphone? America’s Got Talent 2013 semifinalist John Wing is a comedian who shares his jokes on stage and shares his emotions and experiences through poetry. He started in small-town Sarnia and made his way to big-time Los Angeles. He’s previously been published by Black Moss Press with his 2014 collection of poetry, Why-Shaped Scars. His next book of poetry, I’ll Be There Soon, will be published April 5th, 2016.

This book is a behind-the-scenes account into John Wing’s life. From childhood stories to parenting experiences, this book has a lifetime of memories. In this book, you will find a collection of poems entitled “Selective Memory,” which will bring you from the beginning to the end of the book while encompassing the themes found throughout. John shares his feelings through his own memories and those of his sisters, while relating it back to his life. These stories, while specific to John’s life, are relatable to many different people, as they are a part of growing up.

Everyone has their own unique experience growing up, but there is always one thing in common: the journey. Life is a journey, but is anyone really sure of their destination? The uncertainties and questions we ask about life are present in I’ll Be There Soon. The journey of life eventually ends, and John shares stories of friends and family around him passing away while relating the situation back to himself in ways that people can sympathize with. We all wonder where our lives will bring us, and this book shows where life brings John and many others that impacted him. The questions never end, even when we arrive at a destination in our journey. John shares stories of his career and adult life in his book, while sharing thoughts many experience day-to-day. We’re always questioning and doubting ourselves.

What if? is a question people can never escape. John Wing takes his larger-than-life personality and translates it from the stage to the page. Come see for yourself as John pulls back the curtains and puts on a different kind of show in his newest book, I’ll Be There Soon.


The Winglings! The students on John’s team!


Social Media Info for John’s new book.

How We Fare by Mary Ann Mulhern

Rape. Murder. School shootings. Plane crashes. Child brides.

But not as you know them.

The Headliners editorial team of Black Moss Press are proud to present Mary Ann Mulhern’s newest book, How We Fare, a poetry collection that takes yesterday’s forgotten news and revives it, making it relevant today and tomorrow. This unique compilation employs poetry as a vehicle to introduce intricate perspectives to some of the lasting images seen in recent news events and issues within the last several years.

By taking on a human interest point of view to the news, Mary Ann is breaking poetic boundaries in a way that has never been done before. As a celebrated author from Windsor, Ontario, who is no stranger to shedding light on controversial subject matter, her powerfully poignant poetry gives a renewed vitality to the news that saturates our conscience on a daily basis. As such, this book is not strictly limited to poetry lovers; regardless of who you are and what you read, there is no doubt that you have heard or seen with piqued curiosity the headlines and trending topics happening around the world.

Behind every story is another one waiting to be discovered. Thus, we invite you to join Mary Ann as she unfolds headlines to foster a greater awareness and understanding of the world we live in and the lives we are quick to forget.


The students on team Headliners – with Mary Ann Mulhern (black and white dress) in the centre!


Social Media for Mary Ann’s book.

Twelve Miles to Midnight by André Narbonne

Twelve Miles to Midnight, set for release on April 5th of 2016, is a novel in short stories that begins on a midnight road heading north from disaster and travels to the docks of Halifax and along the Eastern seaboard. Narbonne is a former marine engineer who, from an insider’s perspective, writes stories that range from realistic tales to sometimes romantic fables, setting his chapters in isolated mining towns, sailors’ bars, Cape Breton fishing villages, and onboard oil tankers off Newfoundland.

Twelve Miles to Midnight reads as a novel, but each story can stand alone. Narbonne’s world is vivid, fraught with chance that is both dangerous and restorative. Writing with a distinctive voice and a poet’s sensibility, he writes characters with compassion and heartbreaking honesty, and from them, we learn that human connection is necessary in times of adversity.

Twelve Miles to Midnight observes how ordinary people in extreme situations are able to hope in the midst of numbing change; how sometimes in a world turned upside down we need to let go of love, and sometimes we need to hold on. From these stories, we are reminded that through love and through loss “everything stays with us in some form.” Stories in this collection have won the David Adams Richards Prize (2008), and the Atlantic Writing Contest (1998), and placed in the Prairie Fire’s short story contest (2014), and Storyteller Magazine’s Great Canadian Short Story Contest (2006).


Writer Andre Narbonne.


Andre’s team.

The 2015-2016 Editing and Publishing Practicum class at the University of Windsor alongside Black Moss Press are excited to release these books at their practicum’s official book launch, A Journey Through the Pages, taking place at the Water’s Edge Event Centre (2879 Riverside Drive East) on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 7-10pm. It will be a celebratory event meant to be a culmination and celebration of the students’ efforts over the course of the year. We invite you to join the class and the general public in what is sure to be a fantastic evening of engaging live readings by the books’ authors set in the stunning Water’s Edge Grande Ballroom to enjoy the fruits of the students’ labour to celebrate the very best of Windsor’s local writing talent and efforts to promote its continued dedication to the creative arts.

Thanks teams! We hope to see everyone at The Love Edition of Mouth Piece!




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