David Gates

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David Gates has written two novels and two collections of short stories. He's been a Guggenheim fellow and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He's taught at Columbia, the New School and the University of Montana, and was a longtime editor and writer at Newsweek.


Gates is the author of the novels Jernigan (Knopf, 1991) and Preston Falls (Knopf, 1998) and two collections of stories, The Wonders of the Visible World (Knopf, 1999) and A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me (Knopf, 2015). Gates’s fiction, articles, and reviews have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The Paris Review, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Tin House, Granta, The Oxford American, The Journal of Country Music, and frequently in Newsweek, where he was a longtime writer and editor. He has received a Guggenheim fellowship, and his books have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics’ Circle Award. Gates has taught at Harvard, Columbia, the University of Virginia, Hunter College, Williams College, and The New School. He is currently teaching in the MFA program at the University of Montana.