Robert Montgomery is best known for his billboard poems. Black and Blue Literary Journal has said of his work, “To encounter the work of Robert Montgomery is to make a tender encounter whose tenderness is enhanced by the public, communal quality of his work. To encounter his work is to have your body filled with a sad thunder and your head filled with a sad light. He is a complete artist and works in language, light, paper, space. He engages completely with the urban world with a translucent poetry. His work arrives at us through a kind of lucid social violence. No one has blended language, form and light in such a direct way.” Coltash, published by New River Press in 2016, is his first collection of poetry, and contains the full length poems that many of his public art pieces are extracted from.

Robert Montgomery will be performing in the New River Press tent.