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MTS 14: Place often makes the people & paying attention to surroundings Liz Stephens



In this episode I talk with Liz Stephens, one of Under the Gum Tree's previous contributors. Liz is currently growing the Mojave Desert Arts project, a residency and workshop space outside Joshua Tree, California. Recent work can be found in the anthologies Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction and Dirt: A Love Story. Other work can be found in Fourth Genre and, among others. She has served as managing editor of Brevity, and teaches nonfiction with the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program and through private workshops and retreats. Liz’s essay “Because Faint Glitter Came Off Everything” appears in the April 2017 issue of Under the Gum Tree. In this episode we talk about: The difference between journaling and crafting true stories for an audience How writing creative nonfiction has taught Liz the craft and structure needed for returning to writing ficton Being in transition as an adult and part of the artistic class How places are created, whether people create it or whether place s