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Dori Ostermiller's Biography

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Northampton, MA
Apr 2010

Dori Ostermiller 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 an MFA in writing at the University of Massachusetts. 

Since then, her work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including The Bellingham Review, Roanoke Review, Alligator Juniper, Chautauqua Literary Journal and the Massachusetts Review. She is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist's Grant, a Walker Gibson award and a Tobias Wolf Fiction award, and is the founder of Writers in Progress, a literary arts center in Western Massachusetts.  Her first novel, Outside the Ordinary World, was published by Mira in August, 2010.  Dori currently lives in Northampton, with her husband and two daughters, and is at work on her second novel.    

Upcoming Works

Outside the Ordinary World


Jessica Papin, Dystel and Goderich

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Interests & Hobbies

Dogs, skiing, parenting, gardening, long meandering walks