Janna Marlies Maron, Editor & Publisher
Janna Marlies Maron (she/her) is a professional editor with nearly 20 years of experience helping writers to complete their projects and produce the best work possible. Her experience includes time as a magazine editor, college professor, agency editorial director, and content director for a popular internet brand. Her life’s work began when she was a kid writing in a spiral bound notebook, and she has since turned an MA in creative writing into a successful career as an editor, publisher, and director of her own business supporting women authors writing nonfiction. In addition to founding and editing Under the Gum Tree, she hosts a podcast all about creative nonfiction as well as private online community for nonfiction writers called More to the Story.
Dorothy Rice, Managing Editor
Dorothy Rice is a writer, editor and Amherst Writers and Authors-certified writing workshop facilitator. She is the author of two memoirs from small presses, GRAY IS THE NEW BLACK (Otis Books, June 2019) and THE RELUCTANT ARTIST (Shanti Arts, 2015), and has published essays and stories in many places, including Under the Gum Tree, Hippocampus, The Rumpus and the Brevity blog. After raising five children and retiring from a career managing statewide environmental protection programs, Rice earned an MFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside, Palm Desert, at 60. Dorothy co-directs the literary series Stories on Stage Sacramento and works for 916 Ink, a Sacramento-based youth literacy nonprofit. You can find Dorothy at dorothyriceauthor.com, and on twitter at @dorothyrowena.
Evan White, Art Director & Designer
Evan White (he/him) is graduate of the University of California, Davis. In 2019 his “Happy Times with Horses” was published in Catamaran, and in 2016 his story “Patterson” received an honorable mention in Glimmer Train’s “Short Story Award” contest. He co-edited and published an anthology of poetry and short fiction entitled All the Vegetarians in Texas Have Been Shot, and currently serves as the director of Stories on Stage Davis, a monthly literary performance series in Davis, California.
Amy Estes, Editorial Assistant
Amy Estes is a writer, comedian and educator from Sacramento, CA. Amy’s humor writing has been featured on McSweeney’s, Slackjaw, The Belladonna, Weekly Humorist, and others. Amy’s essay writing has been featured on the Huffington Post, Evocations Review, The Financial Diet, PULP Mag, Livability, POPSUGAR and other places on the internet. Amy’s live storytelling has been featured in shows like Mortified, Cliterary Salon, Greetings From Queer Mountain, and on SoulPancake. She was a featured speaker at Creative Mornings: Sacramento in September 2019. Currently, Amy teaches satire writing for the acclaimed Second City and a local arts non-profit, and middle school English to a group of amazing 8th graders. When she’s not writing or teaching others, you can find her drinking coffee with her wife and dogs, reading books, and watching her murder stories.
Allison Joy, Contributing Editor
Allison Joy is a writer, editor, producer and journalist based out of the greater Northwoods of northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She’s been a working journalist for the last decade and spent five years as editor in chief of Comstock’s, a regional long-form business magazine based in Sacramento. She is a lifelong lover of words with a passion for story structure, commitment to killing darlings and an unshakeable aversion to the Oxford comma.
Ari Koontz, Editorial Assistant
Ari Koontz (they/them) is a queer nonbinary writer and editor based in Providence, RI. In poetry, prose, and multimedia art, Ari grapples with identity, truth, and the sheer beauty of the universe; their work has been published in Wizards in Space Magazine and Ruminate Magazine, among others. When they’re not writing, Ari can be found experimenting in the kitchen or adventuring in the great outdoors.
Cat Hubka, Senior Editor
Cat Hubka (she/her) is a writer and editor who earned her MFA from the University of New Mexico where she now teaches technical writing to engineering students. Her poems and essays have won various awards and been featured in publications such as The Southwest Anthology, Gorgion Review, and the multimedia platform Chillfiltr Review to name a few. Her work is informed by sobriety and heavily influenced by her previous incarnation as a wanderer. She lives in Albuquerque with a 17-year-old cat.
Tori Weston, Editorial Assistant
Tori Weston (she/her) is a writer/artist living in Somerville, MA. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College and oversees their Art & Communication Pre-College Program. Her work has been published in the Providence Journal-Bulletin, Sleet Magazine, Memoir Magazine, and Under the Gum Tree. She has also been featured on the podcast Risk and featured in the book about the podcast titled: Risk: True Stories People Never Thought They’d Dare to Share.
Visola Wurzer, Digital Marketing Assistant
Visola Wurzer (she/her) is a freelance grant writer and editor living in Brooklyn. She holds an MFA in creative writing from City College and her work appears in Bowery Gothic, NanoCrit, Turnstyle Reading Series, Queer Conventions, and Sympathetic Ink. When she isn’t writing, she can be found practicing Ving Tsun Kung Fu or sipping a nice tea with her cat.
Jonah Meyer, Proofreader
Jonah Meyer is a poet, writer and editor based in North Carolina. His creative work has been published widely, both in print and online. When not writing, Jonah jams out on guitar and piano, shoots photography, studies neuroscience, and immerses himself in Buddhist philosophy. He serves as poetry editor of Mud Season Review, assistant poetry editor of Random Sample Review, and staff writer with The US Review of Books.
Shelbi Tedeschi, Editorial Assistant
Shelbi Tedeschi is a writer of primarily nonfiction with work previously published by Rathalla Review, Adelaide Magazine, and Relief Journal. She earned her Master’s in Creative Writing at Ball State University and currently lives in Cincinnati with her partner and dog.