David McGlynn was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up in Houston, Texas and Orange County, California. He graduated in 1998 with a B.A. in English and Philosophy from the University of California, Irvine. He received an M.F.A. in 2001 and a Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of Utah, where he also served as Managing Editor of Western Humanities Review. His fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Image, Mid-American Review, Shenandoah, and other literary journals. He currently teaches at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he lives with his wife and sons.
A lifelong swimmer, he was captain of the swimming and diving team at UC Irvine. He captured a national championship in the 500-yard freestyle at the 2001 United States Masters Nationals. He now competes in open-water races, and on most mornings is the first one in the pool.