David Allan Cates is the author of five novels, and a collection of poetry, The Mysterious Location of Kyrgyzstan. His novel Hunger In America was 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 were both winners of Gold Medal for Best Fiction in the Independent Book Publishers Book Awards.
Cates is the winner of the 2010 Montana Arts Council’s Innovative Artist Award . His stories and poems have appeared in numerous literary magazines, and his travel articles in Outside Magazine and the New York Times Sophisticated Traveler.
Located between the exotic and the domestic, between the lived and imagined, these nineteen poems, some of which appeared previously in The Sun and Transmission, among other publications, describe the off-balance and dangerous dance of lovers.
Jack Dempsey Cliff travels to Kodiak, Alaska, in search of the father who had walked out when Jack was just a baby--but what he finds instead is a disturbing and desperate glimpse at humanity through the eyes of the strangers he meets in barrooms.
X Out of Wonderland is a farce, modeled after Candide, that takes on the Global Free Market and just about every other aspect of contemporary life. Outrageous and poignant by turns, X is a satire with heart, and an intense and funny reading experience.
'Your brother forgives you,' Ben Armstrong is told by his mother's ghost, 'Don't waste that,' and so the hero of this novel starts his long journey home. What follows is a wild ride through the subconscious. It's amusing and hilarious and weird, and unlike any homecoming story you've ever read before...