Largely self-educated, BJ Omanson has spent the past fifty years working in five states
as a barrel plater, punch-press operator, furniture factory worker, autoworker, tree trimmer, cedar-shake mill worker,
cedar-bolt cutter, logger, truck driver, taxi driver, bus driver, gardener, day laborer, fruit picker,
nurseryman, librarian, used-bookstore manager, gravedigger, garbage collector, custodian, greensmower & night waterman on several golf courses, nurse's aide on a locked ward
for the criminally insane, barn restorer, farmhand, and teamster (driving draft horses).
For six years he worked on a part-time basis as the layout editor for the academic journal,
From 2007 to 2017, he
interpreted the daily life of an 18th-century frontier farmer at Prickett's Fort on the Monongahela River
north of Fairmont, West Virginia.
He has published poetry & literary criticism in such journals as the
Hudson Review, Shenandoah, Verse & the Sewanee Review.
He has also published
theatre & art reviews, regional history & military history.
In 1997, Omanson founded Monongahela Books as an online used-book
store. Twenty years later, in 2017, Monongahela Books began publishing its own line of books, specializing in
American history and culture.