David Lynn is the editor emeritus of the Kenyon Review, a professor of English, and special assistant to the president of the college. He was the editor of the Review, an international journal of literature, culture and the arts, from 1994 to 2020. As an author, he received a 2016 O. Henry Award for "Divergence." His latest collection, "Children of God: New & Selected Stories," was published in 2019 by Braddock Avenue Books. An earlier volume, "Year of Fire," was published in 2006 by Harcourt. In a review, Publisher’s Weekly said that “the stories of this collection occupy the gray borderland where betrayal mixes with trust, violence with affection, humiliation with lust. The effect is quietly haunting." And the New York Times said, [Lynn] “feels his way toward tentative, glancing resolutions that avoid glib epiphanies and leave his characters, like the professor in ‘Life Sentences,’ ‘numb and sad and lonely . . . a still center as the emotional chaos of these people swirled about him, destroying so much.’”
Lynn is also the author of the novel "Wrestling with Gabriel," an earlier collection of stories, "Fortune Telling" and "The Hero's Tale: Narrators in the Early Modern Novel," a critical study. His stories and essays have appeared in magazines and journals in America, England, India and Australia. Other awards include the Glimmer Train Short Story Prize 2015, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award Finalist and the Ohioana Library Association Award for Editorial Excellence.
Lynn lives in Gambier, Ohio, with his wife, Wendy Singer, a distinguished historian of India.
Areas of Expertise
Creative writing, modern literature
1984 — Doctor of Philosophy from Univ Virginia
1979 — Master of Arts from Univ Virginia
1976 — Bachelor of Arts from Kenyon College, Phi Beta Kappa