Podcast Archive: Claim Your Space at the Writing Table

This is a special teen-focused edition. If you’re a teen artist who’s felt a little behind or under-supported in developing your craft, with a little grit and tenacity, you can make your way! Claim your space at the writing table.  Get a little advice and inspiration from writer-teachers Jennifer DeLeon and KL Pereira.


Thanks to…


Jennifer DeLeon

De Leon is the editor of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Guernica, Poets & Writers, and elsewhere. Her story, “The White Space,” first place recipient of the Michael Steinberg Essay Prize and published in Fourth Genre, was listed as notable in Best American Essays 2013. A graduate of the MFA in Fiction program from UMASS Boston, De Leon currently teaches at GrubStreet and the Boston Teachers Union School in Jamaica Plain. Her most recent honors include being named as the Children's Writer-in-Residence fellow at the Boston Public Library, and the selection of her story “Home Movie” for Boston’s One City One Story program.


KL Pereira

KL Pereira's chapbook, Impossible Wolves was published by Deathless Press is 2013. Her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction are forthcoming or appear in Shimmer Zine, Lightning Cake, The Golden Key, Innsmouth Free Press, Innsmouth Magazine, Mythic Delirium, Jabberwocky, The Medulla Review, Bitch Magazine and other publications. Pereira’s work on fairy tales, sexuality, Wonder Woman, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer are featured on Studio 360 and other radio programs, cited in numerous publications, and assigned in courses all over the United States and Canada. Find Pereira online on and @kl_pereira and in person at GrubStreet where she is the manager of youth programs and a long-time instructor of amazing adult and teen writers.


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About the Author

Eson Kim (she/her) serves as the Director of Community Engagement at GrubStreet, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. Her stories have appeared in Calyx Journal, Denver Quarterly, The Massachusetts Review, among others. She received a Writing Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and earned the David B. Saunders Award for creative nonfiction. She was also named to the Notable list of Best American Essays. She's appeared on Radio Boston's Summer Reads series and Stories from the Stage (WGBH). She loves any opportunity to talk about books for all ages, preferably while sipping on a tall glass of bubble tea.

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