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David McGlynn's Biography

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Appleton, Wisconsin
Aug 2008

David McGlynn grew up in Houston, Texas, and Southern California. His story collection, The End of the Straight and Narrow, won the 2008 Utah Book Award and was named an “Outstanding Achievement” by the Wisconsin Librarians’ Association. His stories and essays have appeared in Men’s Health, The Huffington Post, Best American Sports Writing, and numerous literary journals. He teaches at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he lives with his wife and sons.

A lifelong swimmer, he captured a national championship in the 500–yard freestyle at the 2001 United States Masters National Championships. He continues to compete in open–water swimming races all across the country, and on most mornings is the first one in the pool.


Andre Dubus, Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, Erin McGraw, Melanie Rae Thon, Bret Lott, Tony Earley, Thomas Lynch, Scott Russell Sanders, Mark Jarman.

Upcoming Works

My new book, a memoir titled A Door in the Ocean, is due out in July 2012 from Counterpoint Press. 

My collection of stories, The End of the Straight and Narrow, was published by Southern Methodist University Press in 2008. It won the 2008 Utah Book Award, was named an "Outstanding Achievement" by the Wisconsin Librarians’ Association, an Honorable Mention from the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ Powers Fiction Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2009 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award, the 2009 Steven Turner Award for Best First Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters, and the 2009 Independent Publisher Book Award for Literary Fiction. 




Kathleen Anderson, Anderson Literary Management 


Counterpoint Press

Southern Methodist University Press