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Lori Ambacher

Lori Ambacher


B.A. Wheaton College
M.A. S.U.N.Y. at Binghamton

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Professor Ambacher was born in Ohio and raised in Kowloon, Hong Kong by missionary parents. She attended Wheaton College in Illinois and completed a Master’s in English and Creative Writing at Binghamton University. She has taught a variety of Creative Writing and English Literature courses at Gordon from The Great Conversation to Fiction Writing to Nobel Literature. Her literary interests are global and range from Szymborska to Joyce and Nabokov, and from Gao and Ishiguro to Babel, Chekhov and Colette. In addition to teaching at Gordon College, she’s also taught English as a Second Language for many years at Salem State University. In her nonexistent spare time, she has published memoir, creative nonfiction, poetry, short stories, interviews and opinion pieces. Her interview with the writer Andre Dubus is part of a larger collection of essays about Dubus, Conversations with Andre Dubus (edited by Olivia Carr Edenfield).

She lives in Lynn, Massachusetts, with a tortoise, a spice finch, and a wildly energetic brown puppy named Lucy. She attends a small, friendly Baptist church in Lynn. Her guilty pleasures include reading mystery novels by Louise Penny and hanging out with friends in cafes. Reading is a lifelong vice and she has been known to read three to five books in a single weekend.