Poet Judith Montgomery Visits Sunriver

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  7/5/2006

Deschutes Public Library is pleased to welcome poet Judith H. Montgomery to the Sunriver Area Public Library on Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. She will be reading from her latest collection of poetry, Red Jess. This event is free and open to the public.

Judith H. Montgomery is a Bend resident and just completed her post as poet-in-residence at Central Oregon Community College. Red Jess, published by Cherry Grove Collections, is Montgomery’s first published collections. Montgomery’s works has been called “distilled and precise,” “on the verge of complete wildness,” and “carefully wrought.” Red Jess is a book that crackles with the sights and sounds Her poems appear in The Southern Review, Gulf Coast, Northwest Review, and The Bellingham Review, among other journals, as well as in several anthologies including Essential Love (Grayson Books, 2000) and, most recently, In a Fine Frenzy: Poems Inspired by Shakespeare (University of Iowa Press, 2005), and Sonnets: 150 Contemporary Sonnets (University of Evansville Press, 2005).

She’s recently been awarded a second fellowship in poetry from the Literary Arts, as well as an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission; residencies from Soapstone and Caldera; and prizes from the National Writers Union, Americas Review, and Red Rock Review. Four of her poems have been nominated for Pushcart prizes. Her chapbook, Passion, received the 2000 Oregon Book Award for poetry. She holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from Syracuse University.

She lives in Woodside Ranch with her husband, Phil Havens, who helps who fend off the deer ever-ready to munch on her garden whenever she is not looking.

For more information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032.

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