Allison Glock is an award-winning magazine journalist and mother of two. Her byline has appeared in publications that range from The New Yorker to Garden & Gun, and that range telegraphs Glock’s ability to work the extremes of her profession, capturing high and low culture, speaking to the intellectual urbanite and the down-home country charmer, and navigating the hyper-masculine arena of sports and the mega-glitz surreality of celebrity culture — all with an unsparing, critical eye. She graduated from Indiana University, and then she earned a master’s degree in magazine journalism from SU’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Early in her career, editors responded to her ability to capture a person in print (Missy Elliot, David Beckham, Ryan Seacrest, Octavia Spencer, Megyn Kelly, Mila Kunis, William Shatner, and Harrison Ford to name a few). She’s been a contributing writing for GQ, Self, Elle, ESPN, ESPNW, and Southern Living and that range demonstrates Glock’s ability to reach everyone from Southern belles with a passion for sweet tea and Dolly Parton to sports fans who long to read about the skills and soft spots of the world’s elite athletes. Most recently she began co-writing the young adult series “Changers” with author T Cooper, who also happens to be her husband.
Much of her work hints at her Southern ties, but none as poignant and powerful as her memoir Beauty Before Comfort. That book received a Whiting Award and captures the life of her grandmother in small town West Virginia during the Great Depression. She writes:
“The first lesson [my grandmother] taught me was that dancing matters. When she did come across men she fancied who didn’t dance, she sent them away until they did. They always learned, because my grandmother was bitingly beautiful, and that is the second lesson she taught me, that beauty inspires, all of God’s beauty, but especially hers.”
— Megan Callahan