Hi. My name is Jeff Mondak. I’m a children’s poet and songwriter. I live in Champaign, Illinois with my wife, Damarys Canache, our two sons, Ryan (age 21) and Christopher (19), and our dog, Pelado (a Puli), who is 11. Ryan is a college student, studying jazz guitar at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He plays guitar in several jazz bands. Christopher plays upright bass in several jazz bands and orchestras, including the 2015 Jazz Band of America, and in the rock bands NxT and Rev Gusto. Chris studies jazz bass at the New England Conservatory. Ryan and Chris have a professional jazz combo called West of Staley. I have written poems for Ryan and Christopher, and for anyone else who will read them, since 1997. I have written over 200 poems, some of which appear on this page. Check back from time to time to see my newest works. Be sure to look around my page for information on my book The Toy Box Ate My Brother, Mick Brady’s CD Triple the Pickle and on Sergio Wals’ CD Michael Closed the Bathoom Door (I wrote the lyrics for both CDs), and for information on the books and magazines that include my poems. When not writing poetry, I am the James M. Benson Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at I’d love to hear what you think of the poems! Also, let me know if there are any poems you’d like me to put back onto the site. You also should send an email message if you’d like me to visit your school.
Some students in Texas put together a Wikipedia entry about me. You can read it here.


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