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August 10, 2016
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Supporting the community

In 2009, when I joined the ranks of full-time freelancers, I discovered the Editorial Freelancers’ Association, an education and support organization for editing/writing/publishing professionals. I wanted an affiliation, and I needed to learn. Not long after that,  fellow EFA member … Continue reading

October 21, 2015
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Tonight’s Google Hangout with Gum Tree Live!

  Don’t forget about tonight’s Google Hangout with Gum Tree Live, at 5 pm Pacific time. Here’s our Google+ site.  Here’s the Under the Gum Tree Facebook page. The link to the reading will be in one or both of … Continue reading

#AWP15

April 15, 2015
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The #AWP15 Rundown part 1: Small Press Publishers

The first year I attended the conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, I went as a writer. I was really focused on improving my own writing and hearing amazing authors read their work. That role for me … Continue reading

January 8, 2015
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Soul Making Literary Award Honorable Mentions

The National Pen Women have announced the 2014 winners of their Keats Soul Making Literary Awards. In a marvelous testament to the company I keep <winkwink>, I need to extend congratulations to my client Samuel Autman and my friend/colleague Jen Palmares … Continue reading

October 2, 2014
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A Must Read Essay

CNF baby. So hip. If you haven’t read this in The Rumpus yet, you must do so now. It is called, “The Eager.” Or, better, listen to the author, Jennifer Palmares Meadows, read it herself. We were then young girls … Continue reading

July 16, 2014
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True Story: Reading Creative Non-Fiction in Sacramento

Excited to have been invited to read at the July 17th presentation of True Story, Sacramento’s creative non-fiction reading series. Wish me luck, as I haven’t read my own work in quite a few years. If you’re there, please make … Continue reading

January 14, 2013
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Effective Critique: Avoiding dogma and snobbery

Professor Doug Rice, author of Dream Memoirs of a Fabulist and A Good Cuntboy is Hard to Find, (and more) was the second reader for my graduate thesis and a remarkable teacher of the craft of writing. One assignment from my … Continue reading

July 25, 2012
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Under the Gum Tree, Issue 4 is available now

Why are ice pops so beautiful against a stark white background?     My understanding of what makes certain images artistic is pretty much limited to the kind of images that one creates with letters of the alphabet, but I … Continue reading

March 17, 2012
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Here’s a great event for Sacto locals, and advice for all: Never Stop Seeking Knowledge

Today’s California Writers Club meeting, from 11-1  is  a panel discussion: Show, Don’t Tell and Rework, Reuse, Resell When is exposition your best choice for revealing information? What are other options and how do you choose? This is a subject relevant … Continue reading