Dori’s Bio

IMG_1932Dori Ostermiller was born in Los Angeles, a fifth-generation Californian. She holds a BFA in writing from the University of Redlands and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including The Bellingham Review, Alligator Juniper, Bellowing Ark, Peregrine, Calliope, Roanoke Review, Chautauqua Literary Journal, The American, The Massachusetts Review and Rumpus, among many others. Dori has worked for over two decades as a professional editor, and has taught literature and writing at the University of Massachusetts, Westfield State College, Springfield College, Holyoke Community College and Bay Path College.  She is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist’s Fellowship, a Tobias Wolf Fiction award and a Walker Gibson award.  She is the founder of Writers in Progress, a literary arts center in Western Massachusetts. Dori’s 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.