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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 YorkerThe New York Times Book ReviewThe Paris ReviewEsquireRolling StoneTin HouseGrantaThe Oxford AmericanThe 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.