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DORRI RAMATI wrote her first poem, “Spring," when she was 8 years old. It was filled with predictable clichés, heavy-handed imagery, and some almost rhyming couplets. Though that poem didn’t quite launch her writing career, she never forgot how writing it made her feel.

After growing up on eastern Long Island, Dorri eventually made her way to NYC after college. While living there, she met her husband, got her MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and began teaching. As a lover of all things foreign, she and her husband left NYC and spent 13 exciting, chaotic, and life-changing years living and traveling in Asia, bringing back with them to Maplewood three children and lots of souvenirs.

Before and during her travels, Dorri sought ways to express herself creatively: becoming a DJ at college (WHRW Binghamton!), studying Japanese and the Art of Ikebana, and learning Sumi-e Chinese brush painting, to name a few. While she has always composed wonderfully crafted stories in her head, it was during her years abroad that Dorri found her inspiration to pick up her pen and write things down again. She feels most creative when she is writing.

As a teacher, writer, and mother of three, Dorri doesn’t get much time for doing the things she loves to do. When you can’t find her driving her children to various activities, you can find Dorri listening to music, reading, cooking, trying to be mindful, and writing. She is currently working on a book of essays about her experiences living overseas.