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 editor, copywriter, illustrator, and web designer with a passion for both design and publishing. A woman adept at many endeavors, Kathryn resides as a Technical Writer and Branding Specialist at Xerox in West Sacramento. She spends her spare time collaborating on various editorial projects and spending time with friends and a very fat cat. Editorial contributions include Lake Lifestyles Magazine, Vacaville Magazine, Authority Publishing and American Book Publishing. Follow me on Instagram (@LivelyPanda) and Twitter (@KathrynDeJ).
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.