Humans of the Catskills: Laurie Boris

Author Laurie Boris at Writers In The Mountains’ Literary Festival at Union Grove Distillery in Arkville, NY

Journey to the Catskills:

I’ve actually been here for generations! My grandparents owned Boris Bungalow Colony in Glen Wild in the 1940s -1960s. My parents met while they were both working for a hotel in Loch Sheldrake over their summer break in 1950. After a few years in the City, they settled in the Hudson Valley, and even though I was away for a while, I came back, and I now live in Ulster County. It’s a beautiful piece of the world.


When I’m not writing novels (nine published to date!), I’m the website administrator for Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie. In this role I get to exercise both halves of my brain: writing and editing copy, solving website problems, and getting online solutions to work.


I love reading, watching baseball (I’m a lifelong Mets fan), and going for long walks.

Happiness Is:

A novel that I can sink into (reading or writing) and escape the real world for a while.

Favorite Dish:

It’s so hard to choose! I don’t cook a ton, so if it’s restaurant or takeout, I like Thai and Mexican food the best. But if I had to choose one Thai dish over my lifetime, it’s Pad Thai from a restaurant in Boston that no longer exists. And my mother’s paella, of course.

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Boris Bungalow Colony

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