Monty Reid was born in Saskatchewan, and moved to the Ottawa area in 1999. Among his publications are The Life of Ryley (Thistledown), The Alternate Guide (rdc), Crawlspace (Anansi), Dog Sleeps (NeWest), and The Luskville Reductions (Brick). Chapbooks include Fridays (Sidereal), Six Songs for the Mammoth Steppe (aboveground), Sweetheart of Mine (BookThug) and the recent Site Conditions (Apt 9). Units from his 12-part Garden sequence have been published in Canada, Japan, France, England and the US. He has won numerous awards: 3-time winner of Alberta's Stephansson Award for Poetry, a national magazine award, 3-time nominee for the Governor-General's Award for Literature. His first Ottawa book, Disappointment Island (Chaudiere Books, 2006), was shortlisted for the City of Ottawa Book Award and won the city's Lampman-Scott Award for poetry.