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.
She has worked in publishing (assistant editor for Cricket Magazine Group), teaching (associate creative writing instructor at Indiana University-Bloomington), and academic editing (credits include a book on Montesquieu and an academic paper published in the Mid-America Journal of Theology).
Today, she works as the editor-in-chief of Hippo Thinks and as a freelance writer whose work has appeared in VICE, Salon, Jezebel, GOOD magazine, and elsewhere. Her focus is on longform features that explore odd subcultures, especially subcultures of the internet — see Selected Publications. Fiction-wise, her work has appeared in SmokeLong Quarterly, The Moltov Cocktail, Barely South Review, and elsewhere. She has been a Pushcart nominee, a finalist for the 2010 John Woods Fiction Scholarship, and a finalist for the 2013 Potomac Review flash fiction prize. Her first-ever 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. Her first book, LADY KILLERS (Harper Perennial), will be released on October 10, 2017.