Tom Fate

Tom Montgomery-Fate

Tom Fate

Professor, English

Tel.: (630) 942-3291
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2444D

Areas of Research Interest:

  • Science, religion, and the nature writer
  • Henry David Thoreau: life and works
  • Lakota culture and society
  • The evolving role of creative writing courses and programs in two year colleges


Recent Courses Taught:

  • English 1101, 1102 - Composition
  • English 1130 - Introduction to Literature
  • English 1150 - Short Fiction
  • English 2250- Intro to Creative Writing
  • English 2251 - Fiction Writing
  • English 2253 - Creative Nonfiction

Recent Books:

  • Cabin Fever: A Suburban Father’s Search for the Wild. Boston: Beacon Press, 2012.
  • Steady and Trembling: Art, Faith and Family in an Uncertain World. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2005.

Selected Publications and Books (feature essays):

  • “Window on His World.” Notre Dame Magazine. Notre Dame UP. Fall, 2010
  • "Dancing Geckos." Across Cultures: A Reader for Writers, 8th Ed. NY: Pearson. 2010.
  • “The Seasoning of Lake Glass.” Notre Dame Magazine. Notre Dame UP. Summer, 2009.
  • “Saunter: A Conversation with Henry David Thoreau.” The Iowa Review. Univ. Iowa Press,2009.
  • "The Art of Dying." Orion magazine, Sept. 2008
  • "Coming Back Home," Boston Globe, July 12, 2008,
  • "Coyotes: Amid the Sprawl, on the Prowl," Chicago Tribune, March, 30, 2008.
  • "Writing Fathers: Lessons from a six-year-old," Chicago Tribune, June 15, 2008.
  • "In Plain Sight," Fourth Genre (MI State UP), Fall, 2007. Reprinted in Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers on/of Creative Nonfiction, 5th Ed. New York: Pearson.
  • "To Box the Wind," Riverteeth. Nebraska UP. Fall. 2007.
  • " The Shock of the Old," The Boston Globe. August 5, 2007.



  • M.A. Religion, Chicago Theological Seminary
  • M.A. Writing, University of Iowa
  • B.A. English Education, University of Iowa


Awards and Recognitions:

  • 2008: University of Iowa Nonfiction Program Fellowship, La Muse Residency, La Bastide, France.
  • 2006: Henry Luce Foundation Artist-in-Residence, Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL.


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