Matthew Guillory

Jennifer De Leon

Young Adult, Memoir

Born in the Boston area to Guatemalan parents, Jennifer De Leon is the award-winning author of the YA novels, Borderless, featured on the TODAY show, and Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From. She is also the author of White Space: Essays on Culture, Race, & Writing, which won the Juniper Prize from the University of Massachusetts Press.

She is currently working on two children’s picture books—So Many Gifts, and a biography of Nobel Peace Prize winner, Rigoberta Menchú. Jenn is also the editor of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education, an International Latino Book Award-winning anthology.

As an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Framingham State University and faculty member in the Creative Writing & Literature Master Program at Harvard University, she has published prose in over a dozen literary journals including Ploughshares, Iowa Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and more. A frequent contributor on NPR, Jenn is the founder of Story Bridge, LLC, which aims to bring people together from all walks of life to shape, share, and hear each other’s unique stories. She currently makes her home outside the Boston area with her husband and two sons.

Festival Years: 2024