Born in 1934 in Hammond, Indiana, GLENN MEETER graduated from Calvin College in 1955 and married Marlene Meyerink of Platte, South Dakota, that same year before earning his master’s degree at Vanderbilt University. From 1956 – 1960 he taught English at Illiana Christian High School in Lansing, Illinois, where his and Marlene’s first daughter was born, and sold his first short story, “The Son-in-Law,” which paid for the birth of their second daughter.
In 1960-1964 the family moved to Iowa City, where Glenn worked on his doctorate. From 1964-1969 they lived in Los Angeles, where a son and a third daughter were born, while Glenn taught at U.S.C. and wrote “The Convert,” “Don’t You Remember Me?”, “A Harvest,” and “Waiting for Daddy.”
Since 1969 the family has lived in DeKalb, Illinois, where Glenn wrote “the Opressor,” suggested by their life in Los Angeles; “Hard Row,” inspired by childhood memories wakened by his oldest daughter’s de-tasseling corn in DeKalb County fields; and “Infidelity,” from speculation suggested by his second daughter’s dance lessons in Chicago. In 1981 “Sunday” and “Grandmother’s House,” based on Illinois memories from the forties and the seventies, appeared in his novel Letters to Barbara.
Glenn retired as Professor of English from Northern Illinois University, where he served as English Department Chair 1984-1990, in 1998. In 1995, he published “Pastorale,” based on early childhood memories and inspired, no doubt, by the lives of his young grandchildren. Most recently he wrote, for this collection, “Starting from Dakota,” a story that goes back, although it is set in 1960, to the 1955 wedding that marked the beginning of both his family and, in “the Son-in-Law,” his writing career.