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Have you heard the news? Under the Gum Tree turned four years old in October! That's four years and seventeen issues of telling stories without shame. To celebrate the publication of Issue 17 that was released in October 2015, we invited our contributors to join us to read their featured piece. Thanks to the miracle of technology, we welcomed three writers from around the country: Mark LiebenowAbi Bechtel, and Benjamin Winterhalter. It is always exciting to hear writers reading their own work, so if you missed this installment of Gum Tree Live, watch it below or follow this link to see it on YouTube. Happy listening! 

We are always excited to hear from our incredible writers and we're sure you'll have as much fun with Gum Tree Live as we did!

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Join us on 10/21 @ 5p Pacific for Gum Tree Live: Online Reading + Issue 17 Launch


Under the Gum Tree celebrates our 4-year anniversary and the launch of issue 17 with Gum Tree Live: our quarterly web series. Five writers from all across the country will convene online for a live virtual reading via Google Hangout. Each writer will read a 5-minute teaser from the piece published in our newly released anniversary issue. Join us for readings from Mark Liebenow, Eliana Osborn, Abi Bechtel, Melissa Cronin, and Benjamin Winterhalter. All you need is a computer and an internet connection and you can tune in to the live stream with this link.

The fun starts at 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Wednesday, 10/21. Follow this link for the live stream and use the hashtag #gumtreelive on social media to let us know you're watching!

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So, you missed our most recent Under the Gum Tree Live reading which featured four contributors from our sixteenth issue. Well don’t worry, reader! You can still watch every minute of it here. We had fun, as did our readers, and you can too: just click play or follow this link to see the video on YouTube. 

We were thrilled to hear from four of the authors featured in our sixteenth issue! Many thanks to Tasha Cotter, Daisy Florin, Nick Jaina, and Camille Griep for reading. It's events like Gum Tree Live that keep us engaged and human in this age of technology. Get connected, watch our video!

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Under the Gum Tree 3-year Anniversary Reading + 10 More Days of No-Fee Submissions

So, you missed the online anniversary reading which happened live from our humble studio last week. Well don't sweat it, reader! You can still watch every minute of it below. We had fun, as did our readers, and you can to, just click play or follow this link to view the video on YouTube.


We were pleased to hear from Mary Collins, Lesley HowardJ.J. Anselmi, Kate Washington, Brigitte Bowers, Jonny Blevins and Wendy Williams. Who woulda' known Mary has such a beautiful accent? Or that Brigitte could evoke so much laughter? These details are the tiny nuances we get to witness and share when experiencing events such as live readings. They bring us together, and especially in a technologically-driven age, keep us human and connected.

No-Fee Submissions

Apart from the anniversary reading, we're still honoring our promise to waive the submission fee for the entire month of October. But you better hurry and submit before that window ends on the 31st and before the winter deadline of November 1 approaches!

Mini Q&A With Featured Artists

One last thing we want you to keep your eyes open for are our Meet the Artist interviews we started sharing this week. If you follow us on any of our social media platforms, facebook, twitter, tumblr, instagram, then you will catch visual snippets of the artwork inside this issue and a quick one-question Q&A from the respective artist. So far Anna Ladd and Allen Forest have given us some compelling responses. To see one of ours and Allen's sample interviews click here. As for Meet the Author interviews, we'll have a new one to share within the coming week!



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Here's to the Last Two Years, and Beyond.


As you may know Under the Gum Tree had its second anniversary reading party this past Friday, and we are happy to report that it went off without a hitch. We had a full house at Bows and Arrows (who we are so grateful to for letting us host there), and had people from all over the world tuning in online (even someone from India joined us). Not only were we overwhelmed by the turn out, but also we were overwhelmed by the power of the stories shared by our readers. This event wouldn't have happened without them and we feel honored brining you their moving tales, which each one shared without shame.




If you missed it, don't worry! The video is online and available for viewing on YouTube, or right here on our site. Enjoy the entire thing, or skip through, only listening to your favorites. It's up to you...

If you couldn't join us Friday night you also missed the great conversation on twitter. Check out the tag #gumtreelive to catch up. 

To everyone who joined us, we would like to say thank you and we hope you enjoyed it. And to everyone who has been with us, during any part of these two wonderful years, we are so grateful for all of you, and we can't wait to share the years to come with you.