Can the past few weeks get any better? My chapbook THE MISSING GIRL just came out from Black Lawrence Press (yay!). I got a Notable Listing for my essay “A Eulogy, Despite” in BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2017 (yay!). And now my essay “Long Distance” is out in the newest issue of UNDER THE GUM TREE (yay!), a beautiful digital and print magazine combining art, photography, and creative nonfiction.
This is my second appearance in UNDER THE GUM TREE, which has published so many wonderful authors, including Brenda Miller, Steve Almond, Penny Guisinger, Laurie Easter, Renée D'Aoust, Ira Sukrungruang, and my husband Steve, whom they nominated for a Pushcart last year for his essay “Spiritual Direction” in the October 2016 issue. Steve’s been in a couple of their readings (one online), was profiled in their Meet the Author series here, and just did a podcast with them that will be released soon. I’ll be in their sixth anniversary reading in Sacramento on October 21.
A relatively young magazine, they have already racked up five Notables in BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS; all of their essays are a pleasure to read.
Here’s the teaser excerpt from UNDER THE GUM TREE, with links for purchasing the digital or print issue.
Many thanks to editors Janna Marlies Maron, Robin Black, and Kate Asche!
(When I say this was a banner month, that doesn't mean I haven't had a lot of rejections, daily it seems. Two particularly harsh, a few that were particularly disappointing, and one fairly amazing because the editor rejected my micros but praised my recent microflash in WIGLEAF and said she'd ordered my chapbook!)