Marty Gervais

Hon. Ph.D., MA (University of Windsor)


CHN Rm 2122                                                                      Marty Gervais

519-253-3000 ext. 2297

Teaching Areas

  • publishing
  • editing
  • journalism and creative non-fiction
  • creative writing


Marty Gervais is an award-winning journalist, poet, playwright, historian, photographer and editor. In 2011, he was nominated as the City of Windsor's first Poet Laureate, and runs a Poet Laureate's Blog.

In 1998, he won the prestigious Toronto’s Harbourfront Festival Prize for his contributions to Canadian letters and to emerging writers. In 1996, he was awarded the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Award for his book, Tearing Into A Summer Day. That book also was awarded the City of Windsor Mayor’s Award for literature. In 2003, Gervais was given City of Windsor Mayor’s Award for literature for To Be Now: Selected Poems.

As a writer, he has written more than a dozen books of poetry, two plays and a novel. His most successful work, The Rumrunners, a book about the Prohibition period was a Canadian bestseller in 1980 and was re-released in an expanded format in 2010 and was on the top ten Globe and Mail bestseller list for non-fiction titles. Another book, Seeds In The Wilderness (a collection of essays with Quarry Press/General Publishing) stemmed from interviews he conducted with such notable religious leaders as Mother Theresa, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Hans Kung and Terry Waite. With this latter book, Gervais photographed many of these world leaders.

Gervais received his M.A. in Creative Writing under the supervision of Morley Callaghan. He is founder of Black Moss Press, one of Canada’s oldest literary publishing firms, and is managing editor of The Windsor Review

2010 -Afternoons With the Devil: Growing Up Catholic (Mosaic Press), non-fiction

2009 -Lucky Days (Mosaic Press)

2009- The Rumrunners: The Expanded Edition (Biblioasis), non-fiction