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Return Engagement: Tori Telfer ('09)

Tori Telfer

When: Thursday, October 10, 2019
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM  

Where: University Hall, 201, 1897 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: English Department   847.491.7294

Group: English Department

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Tori Telfer graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing. She was the recipient of both the Edwin L. Shuman Best Senior Honors Thesis in the English Major in Writing Award and the Edwin L. Shuman Fiction Award; an NU Undergraduate Research Symposium award; the J.G Nolan Scholarship and the Hulda & Maurice Rothschild Endowment for academic excellence; and a membership in Phi Beta Kappa.

After college, she worked in children's publishing and teaching before going freelance. Over her 6+ years of freelance experience, she has written marketing copy for everything from specialty manicure tools to indie theater companies, worked with CEOs and startup founders as the editor-in-chief of Hippo Thinks to help them publish in places like Forbes and Fast Company, edited numerous PhD dissertations, written viral reported pieces, and been featured several times on  She has also done plenty of catering, which she not-so-secretly adores.

Her writing has appeared in The Believer, The Atlantic (online), Rolling Stone (online), Smithsonian (online), Vulture, Salon, Vice, Longreads, Racked, Jezebel, The Hairpin, The Awl, and elsewhere. (See Clips.) Her screenplay, DETECTIVE IN THE CITY OF BEAUTIFUL WOMEN, was awarded honorable mention in the Table Read My Screenplay contest. She has written, produced, and directed two plays. 

She is currently working on a true crime/history podcast, Criminal Broads, on the Lit Hub Radio network.

Her first book, LADY KILLERS (Harper Perennial), was published on October 10, 2017. It's a "thrilling character study of the most diabolically complex, fascinating female psychopaths in history” (New York Times bestselling author M. William Phelps), and it has been published in Brazil, Poland, the UK, Spain (forthcoming), and Korea (forthcoming). She is currently working on a second book, also for Harper Perennial, on con women throughout history. It’s a little less bloody, and it’s absolutely packed with pseudonyms. 

She lives in New York City with her husband. 

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