Welcome to the first season of More to the Story, the podcast that’s all about creative nonfiction and telling true, personal stories. Join me for these eight episodes, where I talk with other writers about the creative nonfiction genre, the writing life, what it’s like to get so personal with the stories they share, and more.
This is a podcast project is a bit of an experiment, and so I’d love to hear from you with your feedback. Head on over to iTunes where you can subscribe and leave a review. You can also leave a comment on one of the posts below by clicking “more” on any of the episodes below. I hope you enjoy!
MTS 07: Penny Gusinger
In this podcast episode, I talk with author and previous Under the Gum Tree contributor Penny Guisinger about her new book, Postcards from Here, writing short-short nonfiction, creating literary community, and the annual conference she runs, Iota: The Conference of Short Prose.
MTS 06: Maddy Walsh
In this podcast episode, I talk with songwriter and previous Under the Gum Tree contributor Maddy Walsh about her essay “Placer County Jail.” Maddy reads an excerpt from her essay and we talk about getting a DWI, spending a night in jail, and Orange is the New Black.
MTS 05: Timothy Kenny
In this podcast episode, I talk with author and previous Under the Gum Tree contributor Timothy Kenny about his new book, Far Country: Stories from Abroad and Other Places. Tim reads an excerpt from his book and we talk about writing about a sense of place, and compiling a book manuscript of essays.
MTS 04: Samuel Autman
In this podcast episode, I talk with writer and previous Under the Gum Tree contributor Samuel Autman about his journalism background and how it influences his creative nonfiction writing, his life growing up as a gay man in the Pentecostal Church, and his upcoming memoir about spirituality and sexuality.
MTS 03: Kate Washington
In this podcast episode, I talk with writer and previous Under the Gum Tree contributor Kate Washington about her essay “Promises Like Piecrust.” Kate reads an excerpt from her essay and we talk about writing about food, her mother’s suicide, attempting to keep promises and what happens when we break them.
MTS 02: Laurie Easter
In this podcast episode, I talk with writer and previous Under the Gum Tree contributor Laurie Easter about her essay “Something To Do With Baldness.” Laurie reads an excerpt from her essay and we talk about her experience losing a good friend to cancer, shaving her head, and writing about grief.
MTS 01: Katy Sargent
In this podcast episode, I talk with Katy Sargent, a previous Under the Gum Tree contributor whose story “Long Play” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2014. Katy reads an excerpt from that story, and we talk about music and vinyl records, and how they affect her relationship with her dad.
MTS 00: Janna Marlies Maron
What it means to tell stories without shame & the origin of Under the Gum Tree magazine. In this pilot episode of More to the Story podcast I talk about why sharing true, personal stories is important and I read from “The Gum Tree,” my own personal story published in the premiere issue of Under the Gum Tree.