accomplished poet and essayist, Tom Montag is most recently the author
of Curlew:Home, an affectionate memoir of growing up on a middle
western farm during the 1950s. While his is a personal story, Montag's
book is also an emblem of the lives of many other middle western farm
folk who have no one to speak for them.
Curlew:Home was issued by the Minnesota small publisher, Midday
Moon Books (PO Box 368, Waite Park, MN 56387), on October 11, 2001, the
80th birthday of the poet's father, Philip Montag.
Montag's chapbook of Ben
Zen poems, The More I Know, was released in 2000 by Hummingbird
Press. Ben Zen: The Ox of Paradox was published by Cross + Roads
Press in 1999. Middle Ground (1982) collects many of Montag's
Montag's poem "Lecturing
My Daughter in Her First Fall Rain" is one of 40 by Wisconsin poets
permanently incorporated into the design of the Midwest Express Convention
Center in Milwaukee.
Recent essays by the poet
have appeared in such journals as The Baybury Review, Bellowing Ark,
Cream City Review, Flyway, The Heartlands Today, The Journal of Unconventional
History, The Midday Moon, New Stone Circle, Northeast, and Rosebud.
Montag has been employed
at Ripon Community Printers in Ripon, Wisconsin, for nearly 25 years,
serving as a pressman, night supervisor, manager of customer service,
training director, and manager of information systems. He and Mary,
his wife of more than 30 years, live for many years in "the reddest
house in Fairwater, Wisconsin," though now it is "cinnamon."
The couple has raised two fine daughters, Jenifer and Jessica.
Wooden Nickel (Albatross Press, Milwaukee, 1972)
Twelve Poems (Monday Morning Press, Milwaukee, 1972)
Measures (Harpoon Press, Milwaukee, 1972)
To Leave / This Place (Monday Morning Press, 1972)
Making Hay (Fault Publications, Fremont, Ca., 1973)
Making Hay & Other Poems (Pentagram Press, Milwaukee, 1975)
Ninety Notes (Pentagram Press, Milwaukee, 1976)
Naming the Creeks (Morgan Press, Milwaukee, 1976)
Letters Home (Sparrow Press, West Lafayette, Ind., 1979)
This Gathering Season (Juniper Press, La Crosse, 1980)
Between Zen and Midwestern (salt-works press, Vineyard Haven,
From the Essential Ben Zen (Juniper Press, La Crosse, 1992)
Ben Zen: Starting from Home (Page 5, Appleton, Wisc., 1994)
Ben Zen: The Ox of Paradox (Cross + Roads Press, Ellison Bay,
Ben Zen: The More I Know (Hummingbird Press, Richland Center,
Learning to Read/Again (Cat's Pajama's Press, Oak Park, Ill.,
Concern/s: Essays & Reviews 1972-1976 (Pentagram Press, Milwaukee,
Stalking the Little Magazine (Midwestern Writers' Publishing
House, Fairwater, Wisc., 1981)
Curlew:Home - Essays & a Journey Back (Midday Moon Books,
Waite Park, Minn., 2001)
Editor and Publisher, Margins: A Review of Little Magazines and Small
Press Books, 1972-1976
Copy Editor and Feature Writer, Fox River Patriot, 1977-1979
Editor and Publisher (with Mary Montag), Wisconsin Poets' Calendar,
Publicity Officer, Fairwater Historical Society, 1999 to present
about Curlew:Home and Montag's visit to Sioux City, Iowa, in
Information about Curlew:Home
on home page for Midday Moon Books:
Excerpt from Curlew:Home featured on Prairie Home Companion web
Brief article about the inclusion of Montag's poem "Lecturing My
Daughter in Her First Fall Rain" in the design of the Midwest Express
Convention Center in Milwaukee:
Description of Curlew:Home and purchasing information at amazon.com
Description of Curlew:Home and purchasing information at the
Museum Store of the State Historical Society of Iowa:
Home: Midday Moon Books, PO Box 368,
Waite Park, MN 56387. $15.95 plus $2.00 shipping and handling.
Middle Ground: Poems:
Midwestern Writers Publishing House, PO Box 8, Fairwater, WI 53931.
$7.95 plus $1.50 shipping and handling.
Ben Zen: The More I Know:
Hummingbird Press, PO Box 96, Richland Center, WI 53581. $10.00 including
shipping and handling.