ABOUT TOM MONTAG

An 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 earlier poems.

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.

Publications
Poetry
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, Mass., 1981)
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, Wisc., 1999)
Ben Zen: The More I Know (Hummingbird Press, Richland Center, Wisc., 2000)

Criticism
Learning to Read/Again (Cat's Pajama's Press, Oak Park, Ill., 1976)
Concern/s: Essays & Reviews 1972-1976 (Pentagram Press, Milwaukee, 1977)
Stalking the Little Magazine (Midwestern Writers' Publishing House, Fairwater, Wisc., 1981)

Memoir
Curlew:Home - Essays & a Journey Back (Midday Moon Books, Waite Park, Minn., 2001)

Related Experience
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, 1982-1984
Publicity Officer, Fairwater Historical Society, 1999 to present


Web Links
Article about Curlew:Home and Montag's visit to Sioux City, Iowa, in October 2001:
http://www.siouxland.net/siouxland/books/curlew.cfm

Information about Curlew:Home on home page for Midday Moon Books:
www.montagpublishing.com/curlew.htm

Excerpt from Curlew:Home featured on Prairie Home Companion web site:
http://phc.mpr.org/private_wobegon/montag_010915.shtml

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:
www.riponprinters.com/presslines/tommont.html

Description of Curlew:Home and purchasing information at amazon.com web site:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0971187401

Description of Curlew:Home and purchasing information at the Museum Store of the State Historical Society of Iowa:
http://www.iowai.net/secure/shopiowa/museum/prodpage.cfm?Cat_Selected=2&SubCat_Selected=5&Product_Selected=1828


Access Information
Curlew 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.