When not writing and building things, by which I actually mean “Most Of The Time,” I am the director of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Manhattanville College. In addition to teaching in the program, I have the great privilege of working with our visiting authors and poets, and creating great programming for writers.
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Pictured left, Lori with author Edwidge Danticat. Above, Lori with poets Fred Marchant, Jennifer Franklin, Michelle Whittaker.




Columbia University: I've taught as an adjunct instructor in undergraduate and graduate creative writing. For about ten years, I was an MFA Thesis advisor and reader. From 1995-97, I was an instructor of Logic and Rhetoric.

Western Connecticut State University: I taught as an adjunct instructor in the WCSU low residency MFA program.

University of Albany (SUNY): From 1997 to 2002, adjunct instructor of journalism, literary journalism, interviewing and computer assisted reporting.

Norwalk Community College: 2001 to 2016. Full professor of journalism, teaching courses in features writing, interviewing, introduction to mass communication, media writing, and screenwriting.


Full-time: I began my career in the mind-bending, mood-affecting, character-forming world of print journalism. It should

continue to exist if only to help shape the experience of young writers. Here is the ladder I climbed, first to last jobs:

Copy editor and reporter, The North Jersey Advance, Flanders NJ (now closed) (Amazing photo, right, with Colleen Burns and Howard Saltz)

Reporter, The Elizabeth Daily Journal, Elizabeth NJ (now closed)

Reporter, The Herald and News, Passaic NJ (now merged with the Bergen Record)

Copy editor, The Star Ledger, Newark NJ (still exists!)

Assistant City Editor, The Times Union, Albany NY (great newspaper, still exists)


Freelance: Along the way, I wrote tirelessly and published freelance work in newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, New York Magazine,  People, Teen People, Walking Magazine, Montana Magazine, and QW Magazine (formerly NYQ magazine).