About Dori Ostermiller


Dori Ostermiller, MFA, was born in Los Angeles, a fifth-generation Californian. In her early 20′s, she abandoned her path as a pre-med student to pursue the graduate program in creative writing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Since then, her work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including The Bellingham Review, Roanoke Review, Alligator Juniper, Bellowing Ark, Peregrine, Chautauqua Literary Journal and the Massachusetts Review. Dori has worked as a professional magazine and book editor, and has taught literature and writing at the University of Massachusetts, Westfield State College, Springfield College and Bay Path College.  She is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist’s Grant and a Tobias Wolf Fiction award, and is the founder of Writers in Progress, a literary arts center in Western Massachusetts. Her debut novel, Outside the Ordinary World, (MIRA, 2010), an Indie Best Notable pick and an MLA must-read book, was published in seven countries.  Dori lives in Northampton, with her husband, two daughters and a very pampered Australian Shepherd.  She is at work on her second book.