Dori Ostermiller was born in Los Angeles, a fifth-generation Californian. In her mid 20’s, she abandoned her path as a pre-med student to pursue an MFA 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, Calliope, Chautauqua Literary Journal and the Massachusetts Review. Dori has worked as an editor at Hunter House Books, Playgirl and the LA Reader, 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 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. 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.