SMC's national literary arts journal, published twice yearly, showcases the work of established authors alongside emerging writers, with a focus on West Coast fiction and nonfiction. Founded by novelist and SMC English instructor Jim Krusoe (The Sleep Garden), the Review has presented readers experimental, thoughtful, and funny original writing—including essays and short stories by Gary Amdahl, Michelle Latiolais, Janice Shapiro, and Diane Lefer—in 25 years of publication, and is a celebrated national magazine. Recent work appears in the annual Pushcart Prize, Best American Short Stories, and PEN/O. Henry anthologies.
The Fall 2017 issue, edited by Andrew Tonkovich, features 11 pieces, including work from Richard Wirick (Kicking In), Suzanne Greenberg (Lesson Plans), James Warner (All Her Father's Guns), and Ashley Farmer (The Women). SoCal writers Nathalie Kramer and Ryan Shoemaker offer memoir-based fiction. The issue includes another in their collaborative series from co-writers Ryan Ridge (American Homes) and partner Mel Bosworth (Every Laundromat in the World), and work from novelist, short story writer, and musician Gregory Spatz (Half as Happy). UC Irvine creative writing grad Brendan Park returns with a novel excerpt, and SMC fiction workshop alumna Inna Effress appears for her first time in print. The issue concludes with a poignant meditation by teacher and writer Judith Grossman
(How Aliens Think).
This volume features lots of autobiographically-informed writing, however stylistically reinterpreted, with wildly imaginative work from many perspectives, real or contrived. The Fall 2017 issue of SMR offers readers a survey of some of the best, if most idiosyncratic writing from a diverse range of writers whose work you should know!
Fall 2017 cover art by Southern California artist-activist Andrea Bowers. Santa Monica Review is sold at the SMR website (smc.edu/sm_review), SMC Bookstore, Beyond Baroque and Small World Books in Venice, and other local booksellers. Copies may also be ordered by mail and subscription. For more information, visit our website (smc.edu/sm_review) and "Like" us on Facebook.
Santa Monica Review is sold at the SMR website
(www.smc.edu/sm_review), SMC Bookstore, Beyond Baroque and Small World Books in Venice, and other local booksellers. Copies may also be ordered by mail and subscription. For more information, visit our website (www.smc.edu/sm_review) and "Like" us on Facebook.
Santa Monica Review | $7/issue |
SMR at Beyond Baroque
Venice's landmark literary arts center welcomes editor Andrew Tonkovich and readers Zlatina Sandalska, Diane Lefer (California Transit), and Richard Wirick (Kicking In).
Sun, September 17 | 4:30 p.m. | $10
Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center
(681 Venice Boulevard, Venice)
Issue Launch Party: SMR Presents...
Sun, October 8 | 5 p.m. | $10
The Edye at SMC Performing Arts Center
SMR at Lit Crawl L.A. 2017
SMR joins the Fifth Annual Lit Crawl L.A. with readings by Ryan Shoemaker, Sandy Yang, Dawna Kemper, and SMR editor Tonkovich at "Beneath the Cobblestones, the Santa Monica Review: Literary Provocations by Four Contributors to the West Coast Lit Mag."
Wed, October 25 | 6 p.m. | Free
North Hollywood Arts District