Missy-Marie Montgomery: Poetry & Fiction


Just Released!  

New book: Half-Life of Passion 

from Open Field Press

"This is a masterful, stunning collection--sharp, lyrical, wise, tender--a testament to the transformative power of poetry."

                                            --Carol Potter, author of Some Slow Bees

"Never sentimental or dogmatic, poems in Half-Life of Passion are songs of compassion for human longing...her poems tach the heart how to find its center."

                              --Vivian Shipley, author of All of Your Messages Have Been Erased


For ordering information  for Half-Life of Passion or news about upcoming readings, please click on the heading on the left.


Welcome to Missy-Marie Montgomery's Website!     

      Missy-Marie Montgomery is a Humanities professor at Springfield College, where she teaches composition, creative writing in poetry & fiction, grammar and usage, and environmental writing.

      Her work has appeared in over 25 literary magazines, including Bellevue Literary Review, Connecticut Review, Poetry International, Rattle, Pearl,  Lyric Poetry Review, Cimarron Review, and Crab Orchard Review.  Her manuscript, Half-life of Passion, was recently a finalist for the Zone 3 Press first book award, and a semi-finalist for the Kore first book award, the Crab Orchard Review first book award, and the Black Lawrence Press award.  Her manuscript, The Fish Beneath the Words was also a semi-finalist for the 2013 Crab Orchard Review First Book award.  A chapbook, The Blue Gate, was published by Pudding House Press in 2009. Her book, Half-Life of Passion, was released in April, 2015, by Open Field Press.


Published Poems:

 College English: “Starfish”

 Cutback: “Some Kind of Blues”

 Fine Madness: “Different Communions”

 Passages North: “Race Point,” “Wings”

 Southern Poetry Review:  “The Fish Beneath the Words” “Observing the Lover”

 West Branch: “Talking to Salvador Dali”

 Phoebe: “Half-Life of Passion,” “How We Are Implicated,” “Nine Birds”

 Hubbub: “The Way Back Home,”  “The Lover Pulls by the Moon Inside Us”

 Chattahoochee Review: “Easter Poem”

 Mad River Press: “The Blessing”

 Southern Humanities Review: “The Museum,”  “The History of Zero”

 Northwest Florida Review: “Manzanita”

 Sow’s Ear: “Song About the Blue Chair”

 Crab Orchard Review: “Knowledge of the Body”

 Cimarron Review: “What the World Asks”

 Lyric Poetry Review: “Naming the Dog”

 Poetry International: “The Sense of Loss”

 Confrontation: “Not Asking for the Moon”

 Poet Lore: “The Canvas”

 Bark: “What We Ask For”

 Connecticut Review: “Ordinary Magic” “Preparation of the Bride,” “The Precise Moment,” and “No Title Yet”

 Rattle: “Arrangement”

 Texas Review: “Aubade,” “Italy”

Bellevue Review “Edges” (contest--honorable mention)

Community Literacy Journal (Special Issue on Sustainability): “The Language of Birds” & At Twilight I Watch the Woodcocks' Wild Dance"

Indiana Review: “Mulberries”


Published Fiction:

"Aftermath" in The Apple Valley Review



"Grace" (Pearl Magazine)

"A Small Thing" (finalist,  Talking Writing, online)www.talkingwriting.com/small-thing

"Dear Mr. Gerald Stern, I Liked Your Poem" (April 2014 Passages North, online bonus section) http://passagesnorth.com/2014/04/dear-mr-gerald-stern-i-liked-your-poem-by-missy-marie-montgomery/


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I. Yolanda Van Derdys | Reply 28.12.2014 13.58

Missy-Marie, first, my best wishes & many blessings for the new year 2015, soon to be! Second, congratulations for all your beautiful master pieces creations.

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24.01 | 19:56

I have been reading your poems occasionally because I am not used to poetry and need practice. I LOVE this poem.
xoxx Leslie

28.12 | 13:58

Missy-Marie, first, my best wishes & many blessings for the new year 2015, soon to be! Second, congratulations for all your beautiful master pieces creations.

11.08 | 21:04

Still chuckling as I write this. Wonderful nugget of family life.

12.12 | 14:54

Unbelievably moving and so universal, we are all mutants in this half-life of passion, all interred in this live cemetery. Now this is a poet...

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