Judges Panel Announced for the Third Annual Contest

Judges Panel Announced for the Third Annual Contest

We are excited to announce our three judges who will serve on our panel for the second annual competition of Boston in 100 words.

Theresa Okokon is a Wisconsinite living in New England, a writer, a storyteller, the co-host of Stories From The Stage, and a 2020 VONA alum. In addition to writing and performing her own stories, Theresa also teaches storytelling and writing workshops and classes, coaches other tellers, hosts story slams, and frequently emcees events for nonprofits. An alum of both the Memoir Incubator and Essay Incubator programs at GrubStreet, she is working on a memoir of essays about memory, family stories, and the death of her father. For more information, please visit:

Shirley Jones Luke is an educator, poet, and writer. Ms. Luke lives in Boston, Massachusetts, in the Lower Mills section of Dorchester. Shirley has an MFA from Emerson College. She works as a freelance writer, doing book reviews and pieces on educational issues. Ms. Luke has been published in several magazines and journals, such as AntiHeroin Chic, BlazeVox, Cadaverous, Deluge, and Long Leaf Review. Shirley is currently working on a poetry collection.

Bill Littlefield was the host of NPR’s weekly sports program, “Only A Game,” from the program's inception in 1993 until August, 2018. He has been writing and voicing commentaries for WBUR in Boston and for NPR since 1984. A selected list of Bill's many publications include three novels, Mercy (2022), The Circus in the Wood (2002) and Prospect (1989), two anthologies of creative non-fiction, Keepers (1998) and Only A Game (2007), and two books for young readers, Champions (1993) and Take Me Out (2014). Littlefield taught in the English Department at Curry College for 38 years. He did his undergraduate work at Yale University, and he earned a master’s degree in education at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. For more information, please visit:

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