MTS 07: Short-short nonfiction & creating literary community with Penny Guisinger


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Welcome to episode seven of More to the Story, a podcast all about telling true stories and sharing them with the world!

In this episode, I talk with previous Under the Gum Tree contributor, Penny Guisinger. Penny Guisinger lives and writes on the easternmost tip of Maine. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Guernica, the Brevity blog, Solstice, Under the Gum Tree, and others. Her first book, Postcards from Here, was recently released by Vine Leaves Press. Her second book, Shift, is in progress. Penny is the founding director of Iota: Short Prose Conference and a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA Program. She lives with two dogs, two kids, her wife, and a family of porcupines that trundle across the lawn like bulldozers.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Penny’s new book, Postcards from Here
  • Writing short-short prose, and assembling a book
  • Finding material to write about by paying attention
  • Getting published, and finding the exact right home for your work
  • Incriminating ourself one the page first, before anyone we right about
  • The importance of creating and participating in literary community
  • Iota: The Conference of Short Prose, annual writing conference Penny founded
  • Visit Penny online at, and on Twitter @pennyguisinger

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