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Santa Monica Review

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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 (Parsifal), the Review has presented readers experimental, thoughtful, and funny original writing—including essays and short stories by Gary Amdahl, Michelle Latiolais, and Diane Lefer—in almost 25 years of publication, and is considered a leading national journal. Recent work appears in the annual Best American Short Stories and PEN/O. Henry anthologies.

The Spring 2015 issue, edited by Andrew Tonkovich, features seventeen short and long pieces from new and frequent favorite contributors, and showcases short stories by Stephen Cooper (biographer of John Fante) and veteran fiction craftsman Dwight Yates (Bring Everybody), a chapter from her novel by award-winning nonfiction writer Vicki Forman (This Lovely Life), ribald hilarity from LA favorite Benjamin Weissman (Dear Dead Person), and a new installment in her wild animal-occupied apocalyptic series from Alisa Slaughter (Bad Habitats). Other notable contributors include LA Times book critic and essayist David L. Ulin, poet David Hernandez, and novelist Mark Maxwell (nixoncarver).

The issue also proudly presents the work of two SMC creative writing workshop students, English instructor Dawna Kemper and Public Information Officer Grace Singh Smith.​ 

 Spring 2015 cover art: Janice Shapiro.

Santa Monica Review is sold at the SMR website (, 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 (​) and “Like” us on Facebook.

Santa Monica | $7/issue
$12/year subscription


Issue Launch Party: SMR Presents...

Join us for a welcome by novelist Jerry Stahl (Permanent Midnight) and readings by four contributors to the newest edition of Santa Monica Review—SMC writing instructor Dawna Kemper, Janice Shapiro (Bummer), Dwight Yates (Bring Everybody), and David Hernandez (Hoodwinked)—with booksigning and refreshments. Please visit for ticket details.

  Sun, April 26 | 5pm | $10​

The Edye at SMC Performing Arts Center

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Santa Monica Review once again hosts a booth at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this Spring. Stop by to pick up a free copy of Santa Monica Review and to meet and chat with our editorial staff and volunteers. We’d love to see you!

Sat-Sun, April 18-19 | 10am | Free
USC University Park Campus