Publisher's description: Under the Gum Tree is a story telling project, publishing creative nonfiction in the form of a micro-magazine. We strive for authentic connections thorough vulnerable, personal storytelling, and we publish pieces that incorporate film, food, or music, as well as other stuff our real lives are made of. We believe in the power of sharing a story without shame. Too much of the human experience gets hidden behind constructed facades based on what we perceive the world expects from us. Stop hiding. Live a story. Tell it without shame.
Why creative nonfiction?
These days everyone is a writer, an author, and a publisher. That’s the beauty of technology.
But what if you’re looking for a story that’s more moving than your everyday blog post? What if you’re looking for a story that’s more empowering than your friends’ Facebook status updates? Or a story that goes deeper—WAY deeper—than your Twitter feed? Creative nonfiction (also called literary nonfiction by some) is a genre that takes storytelling to a level beyond “I was 12 years old when my mom died.” Instead, with creative nonfiction, we meet that 12-year-old and watch him cope with the pain by playing with his sister’s Barbie dolls. It makes us feel like we are 12 years old again, and makes us imagine what it’s like to grow up without a mother. And maybe, even if both our parents are still living, we’re moved to share our own story of loss.
Under the Gum Tree finds those stories and presents them in a quarterly digital magazine.
The April 2014 issue featuers “Ashley and I” by Ryan Mitchell, “Nine Kinds of Flight” by Deborah Meltvedt, “Exoskeleton, An Excerpt from Carapace” by Jessica Hagemann, “The Walk” by Louis Phillips, “Mock Turtle Soup” by Sheila Squillante, “Long Play” by Katy Sargent, “Seamus” by Pamela Williamson, “Julie Delpy’s Dog” by Mark Lewandowski, and visual art by Lynn Tobin.
January 2014: Along with art by Jane Ryder and Stephen Sheffield, this issue is filled with 6 heartwarming and heartbreaking stories of friendship, and loss from an all-female perspective. Contributors such as Laurie Easter, Jaclyn Harte, and returning contributor Deborah Meltvedt bring us themes of helping friends in times of need, the dangers of bad relationships, and pushing yourself too hard, along with many others.
October 2013: Because it’s our birthday, we have packed this issue with compelling, personal, nonfiction stories from writers like Jeff Goins, Brenda Miller, Sheryl St. Germain, and others. All told, there are 11 contributors (both writers and artists), which is more than we usually include. But since it’s our birthday, we are going all out! The stories deal with themes of finding contentment in moments of waiting, coping with a child who suffers from addiction and personality disorder, defining family on one’s own terms in spite of cultural expectations, and the inner conflict with one’s self when feeling lost and alone.