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General Information

Name:  Tom Montgomery Fate  

Pen Name: Tom Montgomery-Fate

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1960 in Ames, Iowa


Illinois Connection

Tom Montgomery Fate moved to the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago to go to grad school. Eight years later he moved to Oak Park and eight years after that he moved to Glen Ellyn, near where he teaches at the College of DuPage.

Biographical and Professional Information

Tom Montgomery Fate is the author of five books of nonfiction, including ''Beyond the White Noise'', a collection of essays, ''Steady and Trembling'', a spiritual memoir, and ''Cabin Fever'', a nature memoir. His essays have appeared in ''The Chicago Tribune'', ''The Boston Globe'', ''The Baltimore Sun'', ''Orion'', ''Iowa Review'', ''Fourth Genre'', ''Riverteeth'', ''Sojourners'','' Christian Century'', and many other journals and anthologies; and they regularly air on National Public Radio and Chicago Public Radio. A graduate of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, and of Chicago Theological Seminary, Montgomery Fate is currently a professor of English at College of DuPage, in suburban Chicago, where he also lives. He also owns/belongs to a communal farm in South West Michigan. His last two books, much of which is nature writing, deal with these two areas - Northeastern Illinois and Southwestern Michigan.

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