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, Medieval Perspectives.

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.



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