Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Nancy Méndez-Booth and SMUSH Gallery Presents "This Boricua Life: Excerpts from A Memoir in Monologues"

This Boricua Life: Excerpts from A Memoir in Monologues

WHEN: Friday, July 26th, from 6:30PM - 8:00PM
SMUSH Gallery, 340 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ
his is a free event. Donations will be accepted to benefit Act Now Foundation and their work supporting families living with dementia. Nancy welcomes feedback during the post-performance discussion and via the online survey and will consider your thoughts as she crafts a final work ready for publication and production.

Due to space limitations, in-person attendance is limited to 20; online participation via Zoom is unlimited.
Register for in-person and online attendance at

Nancy Méndez-Booth and SMUSH Gallery are thrilled to present This Boricua Life: Excerpts from A Memoir in Monologues, her in-progress memoir-in-monologues. A collection of linked stories that will live on the page and be brought to life on the stage, the memoir explores themes including family, caregiving, cultural guilt, nerdhood, and middle age.

“I am grateful for this opportunity to share my work live,” Nancy shared. “The experience and the audience feedback will help guide the development of the project and my continued evolution as an artist.”

This project is presented as part of SMUSH Gallery’s Summer 2024 Arts Residency Program, with public support from the Jersey City Arts and Culture Trust Fund. 

This Boricua Life July 26 schedule: 

● Arrive / Mingle 

● Introduction 

● Performance / Reading 

● Talkback 

● Buenas noches 

ABOUT NANCY MÉNDEZ-BOOTHAward-winning Boricua writer/artist/performer and educator. Published in print and online. Performed at venues including The Moth. (Select performances on YouTube.) Alum of Rutgers-Newark (MFA, MA) and Amherst College (BA). Follow on socials and subscribe on Substack to "Underachiever" for musings on her Boricua life. Nancy Méndez-Booth is a Jersey City-based writer/artist/performer and educator of Puerto Rican descent. Winner of the JCAC 2020 Literary Arts award, her work has appeared in print and online, including Poets & Writers and Salon, and she has performed at venues including Cornelia Street Cafe and The Moth. (Select performances can be viewed on YouTube.) Nancy is an alum of Rutgers-Newark (MFA, MA), Amherst College (BA), as well as the recipient of residencies to Vermont Studio Center, Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, Blue Mountain Center, and NJ Women Playwrights Program. She is currently working on a memoir-in-monologues for print and performance, and serves as a technical writer and editor for clients including Stevens Institute of Technology. Follow her on social media for events, performances, publications (@nmenbooth Instagram, LinkedIn; Nancy Mendez-Booth Facebook author page), and subscribe to her Substack, "Underachiever" ( for weekly musings on her Boricua life. 

ABOUT SMUSH GALLERY: SMUSH Gallery is an art space dedicated to creative and community work. The gallery produces a range of events and exhibitions in the disciplines of visual art, installation, dance, literary arts, theater, music, and more. The gallery also hosts rehearsals, community events, and performance rentals. Visit and to see more. 

The SMUSH Gallery Summer 2024 Arts Residencies program offers artists the chance to enjoy the “gallery as studio,” with space for studio work, rehearsal, performance, and/or exhibition. Residencies come with light promotional support and are appropriate for artists of nearly all disciplines. Artists of color, LGBTQ+ artists, artists with disabilities, and artists living along and at the intersections of other lines of oppression are especially encouraged to apply. This program is run in line with SMUSH Gallery’s Mission, Vision, and Equity Commitments.