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Lorianne DiSabato
Works at Curry College
Attended Eastmoor High School
Lives in Newton, MA
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What Haruki Murakami talks about when he talks about running.
I recently finished reading Haruki Murakami’s What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. Murakami is a novelist who is also a distance runner, and I adored the New Yorker essay he wrote in the we...
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Before things slow down, they speed up.
This morning when I took the dogs out, I immediately noticed something different about the light, which has become almost autumnal in its bronzed and burnished hue. Winter light is white or blue; s...
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I can't explain the desire to create memorial shrines where people have died, but I certainly understand it.
On Tuesday morning, on my way to a meeting, I stopped outside the Stata Center at MIT to pay my respects at the makeshift memorial to Officer Sean Collier, who was killed this past April by the Bos...
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Looking back at my twenty-year teaching career, the word “unicursal” perfectly describes it.
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What felt exhilarating when you rode with training wheels feels like pure recklessness when you’re riding without.
Yesterday J and I went to Arnold Arboretum to walk and take pictures: a change from our original plan to go to the Museum of Fine Arts. We changed plans partly because the Red Sox played a day game...
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History never stops happening, the stories of today simply layering-over the stories that happened before.
Last night Leslee and I met after work to go walking at the Minute Man National Historical Park in Lexington. We picked the spot because it’s convenient and good for walking, with a big parking lot...
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The next few days promise to be busy, so here are some pictures of sleeping cats to entertain you.
While Stan and our other cats spent the day lounging and sleeping, I've been busy grading final projects from my online graduate students while designing the syllabus for my First Year Writing semi...
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Both feasts and potlucks are celebrations of abundance: there’s enough for everyone to eat, enjoy, and come back for seconds.
Yesterday morning, I went to the Cambridge Zen Center to practice and give teaching interviews, stopping on my way to photograph David Fichter’s “The Potluck,” a bright, larger-than-life mural depi...
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Like a lotus flower rooted in mud, we lead lives that are silted in the nitty-gritty details of mundane life.
The Buddha touched the earth with his right hand the moment before he was enlightened, but he continued to touch the earth with his two feet for the rest of his days. When we typically imagine the ...
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It's true:  Boston-area residents never visit tourist sites except when family or friends come to visit.
It's a long-standing joke among Boston-area residents that we never visit the usual tourist sites except when family or friends come to visit. For a couple years in grad school, for instance, I liv...
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August marks the beginning of the end because the natural world can continue its unbridled fecundity only so long
Anyone who is a teacher, child, or parent knows that August marks the beginning of the end of summer. August is bittersweet because you know the end is coming: you see the ads for back-to-school, a...
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Being a jockey who rides race horses isn’t the only dream job of horse-crazy little city girls.
On Saturday, J and I went to Suffolk Downs to take lots of pictures, just as we did last year, and this photo is probably my favorite. When I was a horse-crazy little girl devouring books by Margue...
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College writing & literature instructor
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  • Curry College
    Associate Lecturer, 2014 - present
    • Teach ENG 1280 (Writing Workshop I)
  • Framingham State University
    Visiting Lecturer, 2012 - present
    Teach ENG 100 (Introduction to College Writing)
  • Southern New Hampshire University
    Online Instructor, 2003 - 2014
    Taught online sections of the following classes: • ENG 120 (College Composition I) • ENG 121 (College Composition II) • ENG 350 (The English Language) • LIT 201 (World Literature: Foundations of Culture) • LIT 202 (World Literature II: Renaissance to Modern) • LIT 210 (American Literature: 20th Century and Beyond) • LIT 236 (British Modernism) • LIT 300 (Contemporary Literary Theory) • LIT 500 (Graduate Studies in Literary Theory) • LIT 690 (MA in English Capstone)
  • Boston College
    Part-time faculty, 2013 - 2014
    Taught EN 010 (First-Year Writing Seminar)
  • Keene State College
    Adjunct Instructor, 2001 - 2012
    Taught face-to-face and blended sections of the following classes: • ITW 101 (Thinking & Writing: The Art of Natural History, formerly ENG 101) • ENG 202 (Creative Nonfiction Writing, formerly Expository Writing) • IHENG 240 (Topics in American Literature: Literature of the Open Road, and Topics in American Literature: Frontier in American Literature) • IIENG 270 (Environmental Literature: The Literature of Birds & Birding, and Environmental Literature: Rivers & Literary Imagination) • IHENG 391 (Studies in Literature: Buddhism, the Beats, and Beyond)
  • Granite State College
    Taught the following classes: • ENG 510 (Survey of American Lit, taught online) • COMM 500 (The Writing Process) • HUMN 503 (Short Fiction) • ENG 624 (Women’s Literature) • ENG 670A (Independent Learning Project on Narrative Voices of Asian-American Comfort Women)
  • Saint Anselm College
    Taught the following classes: • EN 03 (Freshman English I) • EN 04 (Freshman English II: American Literature of the Open Road)
  • Northeastern University
    Taught the following classes: • ENG 1013 (Fundamentals of Writing) • ENG 1110 (Freshman English I) • ENG 1111 (Freshman English II: Writing about Literature) • ENG 1123 (Survey of American Literature I) • ENG 1350 (Intermediate Writing: Writing for the Professions)
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Currently
Newton, MA
Previously
Keene, NH - Columbus, OH - Toledo, OH - Malden, MA - Boston, MA - Cambridge, MA - Randolph, MA - Hillsboro, NH
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Writer, college instructor, Zen teacher. What's not to love?
Introduction
         
I’m Lorianne DiSabato–writer, college instructor, dog-walker, shutter-snapper, meditator, and asker of the Great Questions.  I'm an English instructor at Framingham State University and Curry College. In the spring of 2004, I received my  doctorate in English literature from Northeastern University, where I completed a PhD dissertation on spirituality of place in 19th and 20th century American nature writing.

In addition to my work as a college instructor, I'm also a Senior Dharma Teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, birding, and amateur botanical studies. A long-time journal-keeper, I also like to write short essays, including my blog, Hoarded Ordinaries, which features my writing and photography.  I currently live in Newton, MA with my husband and a menagerie of pets.

Education
  • Eastmoor High School
    1987
  • University of Toledo
    BA in English literature, 1987 - 1991
  • Boston College
    MA in English literature, 1991 - 1994
  • Northeastern University
    PhD in English literature, 1994 - 2004
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Gender
Female
Other names
Lori DiSabato, Lorianne Schaub, Lori Schaub