Jennifer De Leon

Young Adult, Memoir

Jennifer De Leon is the author of Borderless, Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From and the editor of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education. Her essay collection, White Space: Essays on Culture, Race & Writing, won the Juniper Prize. De Leon is a winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2016, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. After a decade teaching in Boston Public Schools, she is now an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Framingham State University and a faculty member in the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at Bay Path University as well as a GrubStreet instructor and board member. In 2022 Jenn founded Story Bridge LLC. Story Bridge programs bring people together from all walks of life to shape, share, and hear each other’s unique stories.

Jenn currently makes her home outside the Boston area with her husband and two sons. Her latest YA novel, Borderless, was published in April, 2023. Also on the way are two children’s picture books—So Many Gifts, and a biography of Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú.

Festival Years: 2024