Tell-All 9: We’re Doin’ (Mostly) Fine!

Oct. 7, 2021 — 7pm – Register now at Porter Square Books

With special guest Jennifer De Leon, author of the 2021 essay collection White Space, Wise Latinas, and Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From.

Brought to you by the alumni of GrubStreet’s Memoir & Essay Incubators, and co-sponsored by:

Jennifer De Leon is author of the YA novel Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From (Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Simon & Schuster, 2020) and the essay collection White Space: Essays on Culture, Race, & Writing (UMass Press, 2021), which is the recipient of the Juniper Prize. She is also the editor of the award-winning anthology Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education (University of Nebraska Press, 2014). An Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Framingham State University and faculty member in the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at Bay Path University, she has published prose in dozens of literary journals including PloughsharesIowa ReviewMichigan Quarterly Review, and more. Connect with her @jdeleonwriter on Instagram and Twitter or at her website:

Featured Readers:

Judy Bolton-Fasman’s essays and reviews have appeared in major newspapers including The New York Times and literary magazines such as McSweeney’s, Brevity, Cognoscenti, The Rumpus, Catapult and the anthologies, The Shell Game: Writers Play With Borrowed Forms (University of Nebraska Press) and (Her)oics: Women’s Lived Experiences During the Coronavirus Pandemic (Regal House Publishing). She is a Pushcart Prize nominee. She was the recipient of the Alonzo G. Davis Fellowship for Latinx writers from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Erin Donovan Fellow in Non-Fiction at the Mineral School. Her memoir, Asylum: A Memoir of Family Secrets has recently been published by Mandel Vilar Press. She lives outside of Boston with her family. Find her at

Margarita Gokun Silver is a freelance journalist, essayist, and novelist. Her articles and essays have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, BBC, NPR, and The Atlantic, among others. Her collection of essays I Named My Dog Pushkin (And Other Immigrant Tales) came out on July 29, 2021 with the Thread imprint of Hachette.

Kristen Paulson-Nguyen is completing her memoir, To Have and to Hoard: How I Found Treasure in My Husband’s Trash. Her work has appeared in The New York Times and Creative Nonfiction, among other publications, and her micro-essay “Neighbors” won an award from the first Boston in 100 Words contest in 2020. She is the Writing Life Editor at Hippocampus Magazine. Kristen has appeared on “The Gita Brown Show” and “Writing Class Radio” podcasts and was a speaker at HippoCamp 2021. She is a graduate of GrubStreet’s Memoir and Essay Incubators. She showcased five Memoir Incubator alumni at a Lit Crawl 2021 event she produced. Find her at

Tori Weston is a writer/artist. Her writing has appeared in Sleet Magazine and Under the Gum Tree. She is currently working on a personal essay collection and her artwork can be seen at

Tell-All Boston is Real Stories Read Live. We are Boston’s only live-on-stage literary reading series dedicated to the art and craft of memoir. Award-winning writers, best-selling authors, and emerging stars share first-person stories that make meaning from lived experience. Our goal is to foster a community of honesty and discovery, through the power of memoir.

Tell-All Boston is brought to you by GrubStreet and curated by alumni of GrubStreet’s Memoir Incubator and Essay Incubator.