David Allan Cates is the author of five novels, and a collection of poetry. His novels are Hunger In America, a New York Times Notable Book, X Out Of Wonderland and Freeman Walker, both Montana Book Award Honor Books, and Ben Armstrong’s Strange Trip Home and Tom Connor’s Gift, both of which won a Gold Medals for Best Fiction in the independent Book Publishers Book awards.
Cates is the winner of the 2010 Montana Arts Council’s Innovative Artist Award and his short story, “Rubber Boy,” (Glimmer Train 70) is a distinguished story in the 2010 Best American Short Stories. His stories and poems have appeared in numerous literary magazines, and his travel articles in Outside Magazine and the New York Times Sophisticated Traveler.
For 18 years, until Feb, 2017, Cates was the executive director of Missoula Medical Aid which leads groups of medical professionals to provide public health and surgery services in Honduras. In Missoula he worked with the Missoula Writing Collaborative, teaching classes on the short shory in public high schools, the 406 Writing Workshop, and is a part-time faculty in the Rainier Writing Workshop, a low residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University. For many years he worked as a fishing guide on the Smith River and raised cattle on his family’s farm in Wisconsin.