Diana Pavlac Glyer

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Diana Pavlac Glyer
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Born (1956-01-21) 21 January 1956 (age 62)
Aberdeen, Maryland
OccupationAuthor and teacher
Spouse(s)Mike Glyer
ChildrenSierra Glyer

Diana Pavlac Glyer (born 21 January 1956 in Aberdeen, Maryland) is a United States author, speaker, and teacher whose work centers on C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the Inklings.


Glyer was born in Aberdeen, Maryland, and grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland. She received a B.S. in Education and a B.A. in English and Fine Arts from Bowling Green State University. She received her master's degree in Education from Northern Illinois University, and her Ph.D in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a Professor of English at Azusa Pacific University in California.[1]


Glyer has published widely, including contributions to The Pilgrim's Guide: C. S. Lewis and the Art of Witness, edited by David Mills; The C. S. Lewis Reader's Encyclopedia, edited by Jeffrey D. Schultz and John G. West, Jr.; and C. S. Lewis: Life, Works, and Legacy, edited by Bruce L. Edwards. She co-edited, with David Weeks, The Liberal Arts in Higher Education: Challenging Assumptions, Exploring Possibilities. She is a featured author on HarperCollins' HarperOne C.S. Lewis Blog.[2]

Her best-known work is The Company They Keep, which describes the interaction and creative influence of Lewis, Tolkien and the Inklings. It features an appendix by scholar David Bratman. Published in 2007, the book overturned assumptions held for the past 30 years.[3][4] It was recognized as a landmark study.[4][5][6][7] The Company They Keep won the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award (Inklings Studies)[8] and was a finalist for the 2008 Hugo Award for Best Related Work at Denvention 3, the 66th World Science Fiction Convention.[9]

Glyer is also the author of Clay in the Potter's Hands (2011) and Bandersnatch: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings (2016).[10] Bandersnatch, published in 2016, applies the scholarly work of The Company They Keep to creative writing groups. It encourages them to function collaboratively, as the Inklings did.[11]

Glyer has also received the Marion E. Wade Center's Clyde S. Kilby Research Grant (1997),[12] and Azusa Pacific University's Chase Sawtell Inspirational Teaching Award (2002) and Scholarly Achievement Award (2008).[13] She was the Scholar Guest of Honor for the 40th Annual Mythopoeic Conference, UCLA 2009.[14]

Science fiction activity[edit]

Glyer has been active in science fiction fandom since 1975 and has worked on dozens of conventions. In 1998, she chaired Mythcon 29, the C.S. Lewis Centenary Celebration at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois[15]


  1. ^ Diana Pavlac Glyer, Ph.D.Professor of English. "Diana Glyer faculty profile". Apu.edu. Retrieved 2010-04-29.
  2. ^ "HarperOne C.S. Lewis Blog". Booksbycslewis.blogspot.com. 2008-05-24. Retrieved 2010-04-29.
  3. ^ Review, Sherwood Smith, SF Site
  4. ^ a b Review, Andrew Lazo in Mythlore 99/100, Volume 26, Issue 1/2, 2007 Fall/Winter
  5. ^ Jon Barnes in The Times Literary Supplement, September 12, 2007
  6. ^ John H. Timmerman in The Lion and the Unicorn, Volume 32, Number 3, September 2008, pp. 375-377
  7. ^ Don King in Christian Scholars Review, Volume XXXVIII, Number 1, Fall 2008, pp. 262-264.
  8. ^ Mythopoeic Award Winners Archived 2014-10-10 at WebCite
  9. ^ "The Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. Retrieved 2010-04-29.
  10. ^ Diana Pavlac Glyer, retrieved 25 June 2016
  11. ^ "Bandersnatch: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings". Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  12. ^ "Clyde S. Kilby Research Grant". Wheaton.edu. Archived from the original on 2010-04-08. Retrieved 2010-04-29.
  13. ^ "Azusa Pacific University Awards". Apu.edu. Retrieved 2010-04-29.
  14. ^ "Mythcon 40". Mythsoc.org. 2009-05-22. Archived from the original on 2009-06-28. Retrieved 2010-04-29.
  15. ^ Mythcon 29 schedule Archived 2011-03-07 at the Wayback Machine.

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