Professional Bio

Lori Ostlund’s novel After the Parade (Scribner, 2015) was shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. Her first book, a story collection entitledThe Bigness of the World (UGA Press, 2009; reissued by Scribner in 2016), won the Flannery O’Connor Award, the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award, and the 2009 California Book Award for First Fiction. Her stories have appeared in the Best American Short Stories, the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, ZYZZYVA, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, and New England Review, among other places. Lori has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award and a fellowship to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She was finalist for the 2017 Simpson Family Literary Prize. Lori is a teacher and lives in San Francisco with her wife and cats, though she spent her formative years in Minnesota, cat-less.

Lori is interested in the ways that character and place intersect. She is also interested in the ways that humor is created on the page and in sentence-level craft. In working with new writers, she is most interested in helping them see what they can’t always see because they are too close to the work. She believes that most of us have the ability to find our own solution, to fix the work in a way that fits with our style or vision, but we often need help seeing the problem.