More to the Story PodcastWelcome to More to the Story, the podcast that’s all about creative nonfiction and telling true, personal stories. Join me as I talk with 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!

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Season 2

MTS 11:Stephen Gutierrez

In this episode I talk with author and previous Under the Gum Tree contributor Stephen Gutierrez about writing both fiction and nonfiction, what we learn about ourselves when we write about family, and Stephen’s current work.

MTS 10: Carol Marsh

In this episode I talk with author and previous Under the Gum Tree contributor Carol Marsh about her book, Nowhere Else I Want to Be, writing through grief, and her time living at Miriam’s House, a shelter for homeless women living with AIDS in Washington, D.C.

MTS 09: Ira Sukrungruang

In this episode I talk with author and previous Under the Gum Tree contributor Ira Sukrungruang about shifting between writing in different genres, his work as both an editor and a writer, and the online literary magazine that he edits, Sweet.

MTS 08: Matt Young

In this episode I talk with author and previous Under the Gum Tree contributor Matt Young about his new book, a memoir called Eat the Apple, his identity as a soldier in the Marines, and transitioning from being in the military to his life as a writer and author.

Season 1

MTS 07: Penny Gusinger

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.