Janna Marlies Maron, Editor & Publisher
Janna Marlies Maron holds an MA in Creative Writing and has been writing creative nonfiction for nearly her entire life, but she never knew what to call it until grad school. Now, she writes, edits, publishes, and teaches creative nonfiction. She has ten-plus years of professional publishing experience at both newspapers, magazines, and the web, and she started Under the Gum Tree, a literary magazine publishing creative nonfiction and visual art, in August 2011. As a writer she hopes to inspire others to action by telling her personal story, and as a publisher she hopes to provide others the opportunity to do the same. She teaches both privately and at the college level for Sacramento City College and William Jessup University. When she’s not curating stories for Under the Gum Tree, you can find Janna tooling around Midtown Sacramento with her husband Jeremy on their red Vespa.
Robin Martin, Senior Editor
Robin Martin is a freelance writer and editor, whose work has appeared in Narrative Magazine, Rain Taxi, Word Riot, American River Review, and others. Robin owns Two Songbirds Press, and offers publishing consultation and assistance to writers. She performs evaluations and critiques of manuscripts and writing master class tutorials as well as editorial services, including substantive and line edits for papers, e-books, traditional fiction and nonfiction. She specializes in general fiction, biography, memoir, rock-n-roll, urban, short story, and health and nutrition books.
Kate Asche, Associate Editor
Kate Asche, MA, writes poetry, essays and short stories. A graduate of the UC Davis Creative Writing Program, she's a writing teacher and literary community builder in Sacramento, CA. Her first chapbook Our Day in the Labyrinth was published by Finishing Line Press in September 2015, and her poetry has appeared in The Missouri Review (2011 Audio Prize finalist), Colorado Review, Bellingham Review, Pilgrimage and elsewhere. A trained facilitator in the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) Method, she teaches creative writing workshops in Sacramento. She supports the Sacramento Public Library and the Sacramento Poetry Center and helps to get the word out about 916 INK, a local youth literacy organization inspired by 826 Valencia. Follow her and get the scoop on Sacramento-area writing events at www.kateasche.com/katesmiscellany.
Aimee Steffen Taber, Art Director
Aimee Steffen Taber is an artist and a freelance designer. She is constantly looking for new ways to explore her vision. Currently, this includes studying Relief and Intaglio Printmaking and Book Arts. She holds a BFA in Painting from Northern Illinois University. When she’s not finding artists to feature in Under the Gum Tree, she’s spending time reading in coffee shops throughout Sacramento and exploring the west coast with her husband Alex.
Evan White, Designer
Evan White is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English. White co-founded Absurd Publications and published an anthology of poetry and short fiction, All the Vegetarians in Texas Have Been Shot, in addition to the creative journal The Oddity. He is on the board of Stories on Stage, Davis, and is a graphic designer at UC Davis.
Kathryn DeJarnette, Editorial Assistant
Kathryn DeJarnette is a dynamic editorial assistant and web designer at Under the Gum Tree. Outside of her responsibilities as a volunteer, Kathryn resides as a technical writer and branding specialist at Conduent (formerly Xerox State Healthcare, LLC). Editorial contributions include Lake Lifestyles Magazine, Vacaville Magazine, Under the Gum Tree, Authority Publishing, and American Book Publishing.
Becca Litman, Assistant Editor
Becca Litman is a writer at UC Davis and a freelance copyeditor and proofreader. Always sort of thinking about creative nonfiction, Becca is working on a collection of narratives exploring what it's like to wrestle with multiple identities and identifiers. She previously served as editor-in-chief of Rainy Day literary magazine at Cornell University and as a copyeditor at The Oxford Student.
Elison Alcovendaz, Assistant Editor
Elison Alcovendaz holds an MA in Creative Writing from California State University, Sacramento, where he won five Bazzanella Literary Awards in fiction, creative nonfiction, and critical analysis. His work has appeared in Gargoyle, Calliope, in parenthesis, and other publications. He just finished his first novel, The Jack of Heartland, and is currently working on a collection of interrelated short stories about what it means to be a neighbor.
Matt Young, Editorial Assistant
Matt Young is a Marine Corps infantry veteran, teacher, and writer. His work can be found in Incoming: Veteran Writers On Coming Home, CONSEQUENCE magazine, Split Lip, Word Riot, Tin House, River Teeth, Under the Gum Tree, and many others. He teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Centralia College in Washington State. He is the author of Eat the Apple (Bloomsbury 2018), a multi-genre flash nonfiction war memoir about his three combat deployments to Iraq between 2005 and 2009.
Demetri Raftopoulos, Editorial Assistant
Demetri Raftopoulos received an MFA in Creative Writing at The New School. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Common, Prairie Schooner, The Good Men Project, Cactus Heart, Critical Mass, and more. He's an editorial assistant for Under the Gum Tree and a regular contributor for the sports website, RotoBaller. He lives in New York, and is anxiously awaiting his return to Greece.
Lauren Paul, Blog Editor
Lauren Paul is a graduate of Harvard University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Anthropology. She has been fascinated by people, the stories we tell, and the narrative identities we create since she can remember, and has published her own creative nonfiction in Buzzfeed. She is a professional content writer, editor, and strategist, and is currently working on a novel exploring the complexities of communication and influence that define teenagers growing up in small town America. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found wandering the great outdoors or practicing her burgeoning embroidery skills.