welcome.

Lori began her career

in young people’s literature first as an educator and school librarian where she had the special honor of finding just-right books for young readers. She earned an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. At SteelWorks Literary, Lori approaches her work from these diverse industry experiences and perspectives. She’s a member of AALA, SCBWI, and ALA, and passionately believes all readers deserve equal access to stories, no matter their age.

Lori’s clients include both debut and award-winning authors and illustrators, and she continues to seek diverse perspectives, literary approaches, and unique story experiences to add to her list. Lyrical language, compelling settings, and stories told with heart are areas of particular interest in any genre/audience.

Originally from the Washington DC area, Lori has also called Appalachia and England home. When not at her desk, you can often find her plotting her next travel adventure, testing out a new recipe, or pottering in her Washington DC garden with her English husband and their secret-agent pup sidekick, Juice.

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