Born in 1924 in Lethbridge, Alberta, raised in the cattle and irrigation country around nearby Raymond, Lamonte Palmer joined the RCAF during World War II. After the war, he enrolled in and graduated from the medical school at the University of Alberta. Subsequently he served as a medical officer at various overseas Canadian embassies retiring in 1989. He now lives with his wife, Jean, in Ottawa where he continues to write poems.
'Jeannie In Athens' was selected for publication in Vintage 96 published by The Canadian League of Poets. 'Prairie Scene 1968' won third prize in the Hope, B.C. Poetry Contest. Many of these poems have been published in sundry Canadian magazines.