The second edition of TELL-ALL is coming January 17!

Middlesex Lounge
315 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA

Free Admission. General Seating.

Doors open at 7pm – Show begins at 7:30pm

Featured Reader:

Garrard Conley, author of Boy Erased

Garrard Conley is the author of the New York Times Best Selling memoir Boy Erased (Penguin 2016), now a major motion pictureBoy Erased was nominated for a Lamdba Literary Award and was featured as a top 2016 nonfiction book by O Magazine, Buzzfeed Books, and Shelf Awareness, among others. It has now been translated in over a dozen languages.

Conley is also a producer and creator of the podcast UnErased, which explores the history of conversion therapy in America through interviews, historical documents, and archive materials provided by the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C.

His work can be found in The New York Times, TIMEVICECNNBuzzFeedThemVirginia Quarterly Review, and The Huffington Post, among other places, and he is currently at work on a novel (Penguin 2020) about queer 18th century lives.

A former instructor of GrubStreet’s Memoir Incubator program, he is a current member of the PEN/America Foundation and serves on the board of the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C.

He lives in New York with his husband.


Additional Readers:

Cheryl Levine is a former newspaper columnist and freelance editor. She has had essays published in 24PearlStreet blog and Silver Birch Press, and blogs at With the help and encouragement of GrubStreet instructors and fellow GrubStreet writers, she is working on a memoir.

Rani Neutill was a professor of Ethnic American and Postcolonial Literature at institutions such as Harvard, Yale, and Johns Hopkins University. Her work has appeared in Salon, The New York Times Book Review, Hobart, Redivider, amongst other publications. She has work forthcoming in Catapult and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her work in Redivider. She is a 2017 Pauline Scheer Fellow and a graduate of GrubStreet’s Memoir Incubator program. She’s working on a transnational memoir titled do you love me? about fractured identity and her relationship with her mentally ill Bengali immigrant mother. She’s represented by Erin Harris at Folio Literary Management.

Catherine O’Neill is a debut author working on a memoir, Zero Balance, which is about the effects of gambling and losing the men she loved to their addiction. She grew up in Ireland with a father who was a compulsive gambler. She gambled into the dizzy hours in America with her spouse, a problem gambler, before she found recovery in a twelve step program. Catherine returned to her love of writing in her forties, graduating from the GrubStreet’s Memoir Incubator program and attending Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in 2017 and attending the AWP Conference in 2018. She recently received an honorary mention from IWWG, the International Women’s Writing Guild.

Melanie S. Smith has been a writing instructor at Boston University for ten years; she is a current participant in the GrubStreet Memoir Incubator. Her personal essay, “Death at the Paw Paw Tunnel,” was published in the 2018 summer issue of the Fredericksburg Literary and Arts Review. “Heart Murmur” grew out of her longer memoir about marrying a man dying of cancer and the healing power of love even in the context of incurable illness.