Tell-All Boston Presents: Readings On Love, In All Its Forms

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Tell-All Boston Presents: Readings On Love, In All Its Forms

Join us for a post-Valentine's Day reading event celebrating writing on love, featuring essayists Alexander Chee & Aube Rey Lescure.

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Porter Square Books 25 White Street Cambridge, MA 02140

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Valentine’s Day will have passed but your love lives on! 

Join us on February 15—the day after Valentine’s Day—for an evening celebrating writing on love, in all its forms. The evening’s program will feature work from five writers, including editor Alexander Chee and contributor Aube Rey Lescure of The Best American Essays 2022.

Other writers to be featured will be selected from an open call for submissions. If you’d like to be considered as a reader for this event, please visit the Tell-All Boston website or see below for details on how to submit your work by the deadline of January 18th.

Tell-All Boston is Boston’s only live-on-stage literary reading series dedicated to the craft of memoir and personal essay. After two years of virtual readings, Tell-All Boston is excited to be back with an IN-PERSON event, brought to you by the alumni of the GrubStreet's Memoir Incubator and Essay Incubator co-sponsored by GrubStreet and Porter Square Books. For our February 15th event, we are excited to highlight Grubstreet Novel Incubator alum, Aube Rey Lescure, as one of our special guest readers.



Want to share the stage with The Best American Essays 2022 editor Alexander Chee and contributor Aube Rey Lescure? Submit your love story to be considered for inclusion in our February 15th Tell-All Boston reading event!

We are looking for nonfiction pieces - essays or memoir writing - from Greater Boston and New England area writers. The pieces should be short (1,000 words or less) and focus on love, in any form: romantic love, familial love, fraternal love, self-love, love of nature, love of country, love of animals, love of food, or even, your love of writing.

Whatever love story you choose to tell, send us your most polished memoir or personal essay that takes us on a journey. Show us the world from unique and unexpected perspectives. Tell us how a single encounter changed the course of your life, or how a lifetime of experiences shaped the person you are today. Move us. Be poignant. Be funny. Most of all, be true – to your story and your feelings.

Submit your story to by Wednesday, January 18th. We will accept 3 readers from the Greater Boston and/or New England area for our February 15th Tell-All Boston event and notify accepted readers shortly after the submission deadline.

For more details on submissions, visit the Tell-All website.


* Your submission should be approximately 1,000 words. We can’t consider anything longer than 1,000 words.

* The live reading time is limited to 5 minutes. Practice before you submit.

* Attach your submission as a Word or PDF file. We can’t accept links to Google docs.

* Include a short bio (100 words maximum) in the body of the email. If you would like us to share your social media accounts, please also include your social media handles in your bio.

* Also attach a headshot in .jpg or .png format.

* Submit your best writing to by Wednesday, January 18. Only one submission at a time, please.

* Questions? For more details on how to submit, please visit our FAQ's page on the Tell-All website or email

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Alexander Chee is the bestselling author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night, and the essay collection How To Write An Autobiographical Novel, all from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. A contributing editor at The New Republic, and an editor at large at VQR, his essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, T Magazine, The Sewaneee Review, and the 2016 and 2019 Best American Essays.

He is a 2021 United States Artists Fellow, a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow in Nonfiction, and the recipient of a Whiting Award, a NEA Fellowship, an MCCA Fellowship, the Randy Shilts Prize in gay nonfiction, the Paul Engle Prize, the Lambda Editor’s Choice Prize, and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the VCCA, Leidig House, Civitella Ranieri and Amtrak.

He teaches as an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College.

Aube Rey Lescure is a French-Chinese-American writer. She grew up between Provence, northern China, and Shanghai before graduating from Yale University in 2015. She worked in foreign policy before becoming an itinerant novelist.

She currently works as the Deputy Editor at Off Assignment. Two essays she edited are anthologized in Best American Travel Writing 2021.

Aube is the co-author of Creating a Stable Asia (Carnegie 2016) and the translator of Le Système Économique Chinois Face à ses Défis (éditions Nuvis 2017).

Aube received support as an Ivan Gold Fellow at the Writers’ Room of Boston, a Pauline Scheer Fellow at GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator Program, and a writer-in-residence at the Studios of Key West and Willapa Bay AiR.

Her fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in Guernica, WBUR, The Florida Review Online, Jellyfish Review, Entropy Magazine, Medium, and more. Her essay “At the Bend of the Road” will be featured in Best American Essays 2022.

She is currently working on her first novel, an excerpt of which was a semifinalist in the Boston Review’s 2020 Aura Estrada Short Story Contest. Her short fiction was selected as a finalist for BOMB Magazine’s 2021 Fiction Contest, judged by Ottessa Moshfegh.