One of my many highlights from this year’s AWP conference, which I attended last week in Minneapolis, was Under the Gum Tree magazine’s reading on Friday evening. I was honored to read my memoir essay “The Bruise,” which appears in River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative. It occurred to me during the reading that, because “The Bruise” appears in a print journal and is not available online, it rarely sees the light of day. So I thought I would share with you a recording of me reading “The Bruise.” Enjoy! Listen to audio recording (11 minutes) here.