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Lori Desrosiers

Lori Desrosiers, Visiting Lecturer

Office: Parenzo 011

Lori Desrosiers has been teaching first year English Composition and American Literature for ten years at Westfield State University and Holyoke Community College. She also teaches Poetry at Lesley University MFA program. Before that, she taught Reading and French in Middle and Junior High Schools for several years. She went back to school at age 50 for her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing/Poetry at New England College in NH and received her degree in 2008. She has two full-length books of poetry, Sometimes I Hear the Clock Speak and The Philosopher’s Daughter both from Salmon Poetry, a chapbook, Inner Sky from Glass Lyre Press, and has poems in many journals. She publishes and edits Naugatuck River Review, a semi-annual journal of narrative poetry. Her current work is an exploration of missing things, writing poems about ghosts, aging and art. She also keeps a blog, writes book reviews, and mentors poets. She lives in Westfield with her husband and several very smart cats.



  • M.F.A in Creative Writing/ Poetry, New England College, 2008
  • M.Ed. in Bilingual and Elementary Education, Lesley University, 1978
  • B.A. in French Literature, Goucher College, 1977

Courses Taught:

  • English 101 First Year Composition
  • English 102 Writing about the Sixties
  • English 102 Writing about Myths and Monsters
  • English 215 Introduction to American Literature

Recent Publications:

  • The Philosopher’s Daughter. County Clare, Ireland: Salmon Poetry, 2013.
  • Three Vanities. Pudding House: 2009.

Professional Activities:

  • “That Pomegranate Shine” won the Greater Brockton Society for Poetry and the Arts award in 2010
  • “The Cicadas” was a finalist in the New Millenium Anthology poetry contest in 2012