Under The Gum Tree


Under the Gum Tree is celebrating its fourth anniversary this month. An independent literary arts micro-magazine, the mission of the publisher and staff is to “strive for authentic connections through vulnerability.” To that end, they publish creative nonfiction and works of visual art.

I’m pumped-up with excitement that the editors connected with my personal story, “Right Foot, Left Foot,” and featured it in the  the October issue. The piece is adapted from my memoir in progress, which follows my literal, and metaphorical, walk toward recovery after an elderly driver confused the gas pedal for the brake and ran me down. As can be said for much of my work, the piece reaches beyond my solitary existence and addresses elusive, brain-draining themes like the body, identity, independence, loss, and grief.

Under the Gum Tree is a one-of-a-kind literary magazine: full-color, glossy pages flush with visual art and stories told without shame. To purchase either a digital or hard copy, visit Under the Gum Tree here. Make room on your coffee table!

As part of the celebration, on October 21, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, Under the Gum Tree will host Gum Tree Live, a quarterly web reading series, where you can hear writers published in the October issue read live on Google Hangouts and YouTube.

Hope you can make it!


  1. you go, girl!!! warmly, matt

    • Thanks, Matt!

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