About Lorianne DiSabato

Dueling laptops

Borrowing a phrase from writer Annie Dillard, Lorianne often describes herself as “spiritually promiscuous.” Raised Catholic, Lorianne was “born again” as an undergraduate student in Toledo, Ohio; soon afterward, she taught herself how to meditate at an evangelical Bible camp. After graduating and spending a year as a Catholic campus minister, Lorianne moved to Boston, where she received her M.A. in English literature from Boston College and took Zen Buddhist precepts through the international Kwan Um School of Zen.

After completing PhD coursework at Northeastern University and living for two and a half years as a residential student at the Cambridge Zen Center, Lorianne moved to New Hampshire and finished her doctorate in English literature in the spring of 2004, writing a PhD dissertation on spirituality of place in 19th and 20th century American nature writing. Lorianne has taught writing and literature courses at various New England colleges, including Keene State College in New Hampshire. Lorianne currently teaches first-year writing at Framingham State University and a variety of online writing and literature courses through Southern New Hampshire University.

In addition to her work as a college instructor, Lorianne is a Senior Dharma Teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen. A self-described “nature nut,” Lorianne enjoys hiking, birding, and amateur botanical studies. A long-time journal-keeper, she also likes to write short essays, including her weblog, Hoarded Ordinaries. Lorianne currently lives in Newton, Massachusetts with her husband and a menagerie of pets.

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