Elinor Teele
Photo Credit: Lindsay Welch

1/2 Brit and 1/2 Yankee, Elinor currently resides in New England. In 1992, she immigrated with her family to the South Island of New Zealand and lived there for eight years. She still considers it a beloved homeland.

In 2000, Elinor took a (very) slow plane to England for doctoral studies in Anglo-Saxon literature at the University of Cambridge. She wrote her thesis on the Old English Riddles, a compilation of lyrical poems in the language of Beowulf. She graduated with a PhD in 2005.

Her work includes books, plays, and films, as well as poems, short stories, and travel writing.

Ask Elinor about her current projects, schedule an author visit, or share your thoughts through email.



Tower and WaterTo earn her daily bread, Elinor is a freelance copywriter at Squam Creative Services. Over the years, she has helped to create multiple websites and marketing pieces, including a range of higher education projects. When she’s not at her desk, she is also a photographer. Her work has been recognized by:

  • Smithsonian Magazine
  • Worldwide Photography Gala Awards
  • Essex National Heritage Photo Contest
  • Red Cedar Review
  • Brink Magazine

Visit her photo gallery at Squam Creative Services.



Elinor is an alumna of Shakespeare & Company’s month-long intensive and acts in the Massachusetts area. She also directs (e.g. Studs Terkel’s American Century). In the past, she has appeared as:

  • Viola in Twelfth Night
  • Isabella in Measure for Measure
  • Trinculo in The Tempest
  • Suzanna in Becky Shaw
  • Meg in Leading Ladies
  • Leroy in The Bad Seed
  • Ruth in Blithe Spirit