A Waiter Made of Glass: Stories and Poems

Art by Emily Austen

Encounter thought-provoking tales and personal expressions in A Waiter Made of Glass: Stories & Poems.

Award-winning author Dr. Verlyn Flieger takes readers through a series of insightful short stories in the first part of the book, with a stroll into the darkness of life and human nature at the center of multiple episodes. In the second section of the book is a collection of new poetry exploring the depths of grief.

About the Author

Headshot of Verlyn Flieger in her library. Photo by Carl Hostetter.

Verlyn Flieger

Verlyn Flieger, PhD, is Professor Emerita in the Department of English at the University of Maryland at College Park, specializing in myth studies and comparative mythology. She teaches a sequence of graduate and undergraduate myth courses that offer Celtic, Arthurian, Hindu, Native American, and Norse myth.

Concentrating on modern fantasy with a special focus on the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, Professor Flieger’s publications include Interrupted Music; A Question of Time: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Road to Faerie (the winner of the 1998 Mythopoeic Award for Inklings Studies); Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien’s World; and Tolkien’s Legendarium: Essays on The History of Middle-earth (co-edited with Carl Hostetter and winner of the 2002 Mythopoeic Award for Inklings Studies). Her fictional works include Pig Tale; The Doom of Camelot: “Avilion: A Romance of Voices“; and Seeker of Dreams: “Green Hill Country.”

Professor Flieger is co-editor with Michael Drout and David Bratman of Tolkien Studies, a yearly journal devoted to scholarly examination of the works of J. R. R. Tolkien.