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Dorri Olds

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Dorri Olds (born 1961, New York City) is a writer and award winning essayist. Her work has appeared in journals such as The New York Times, The New York Press, Examiner.com and The Forward. She has been profiled in publications such as the Globe and Mail and the New York Post.[1][2][3][4][5]

Contents

Life as recounted in autobiographical essays and TV interview

Olds’ published creative non-fiction autobiographical essays include descriptions of her experiences growing up in Manhattan and Long Island. In an essay she wrote for The New York Times she described herself as “a lonely upper-middle-class Jewish nerd.”[2]

Olds was the victim of a gang rape at 13 years old, which she says launched years of struggles with drug and alcohol dependence.[5][2][3]

In addition to life experiences she has related in her essays, her experiences have been covered in media outlets such as the Globe and Mail. She was also interviewed on the nationally televised (U.S.) program Dr. Drew On Call about her years in recovery from the trauma of the rape.[2][3][5]

Literary award

Olds was the first-place winner of the New York Press Writing Contest in the non-fiction category in 2009 for her autobiographical story about her many suicide attempts and a car accident that nearly killed her, "9 Lives for a Weeble."[3]

Education

Olds received a BFA in 1985 from Parson's School of Design, where she made the Dean's List, majoring in Illustration.[6]

Organizations

Olds is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.[7][8]

Personal life

A profile on New Yorkers in the New York Post stated that when Olds is not working she enjoys spending time with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Buddy, in their Chelsea, Manhattan neighborhood.[4]

Selected essays

Olds, Dorri. "Defriending My Rapist" The New York Times, January 13, 2012

Olds, Dorri. "Summer Writing Contest Non-Fiction Winner: 9 Lives for a Weeble" The New York Press, September 9, 2009

Television interview

"A man who raped a woman 38 years ago pops up on her Facebook page. Hear how Dorri Olds reacts." Dr. Drew, cnn.com, January 24, 2012

References

[1] New York Journal-American, December 27, 1961

[2] Olds, Dorri. "Defriending My Rapist" The New York Times, January 13, 2012

[3] Olds, Dorri. "Summer Writing Contest Non-Fiction Winner: 9 Lives for a Weeble" The New York Press, September 9, 2009

[4] Smith, Austin. "Fit to be Tired" New York Post, June 2, 2012

[5] Bielski, Zosia. "Why sex assault victims are going public," Globe and Mail, September 6, 2012

[6] Parson's School of Design, 1985 Commencement Program, New York, NY

[7] Boomer Living: Contributor Profile, Dorri Olds

[8] American Society of Journalists and Authors: Members

Links

Dorri Olds' website

dorriolds.com

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