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Santa Monica Review


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 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 considered a leading national journal. Recent work appears in the annual Pushcart Prize, Best American Short Stories, and PEN/O. Henry anthologies.

The Spring 2016 issue, edited by Andrew Tonkovich, features 15 short and long pieces from new and frequent favorite contributors, showcasing essays by Gary Soto (What Poets are Like) and Gary Amdahl (The Daredevils) among fiction from Diane Lefer (Confessions of a Carnivore) and Janice Shapiro (Bummer). Poet and travel essayist Charles Hood (South x South) offers two short meditative pieces. Comedy writer (The Tonight Show) Andrew Nicholls messes with history. Sommer Schafer tells a long, careful, sad story of unrelieved discontent. James Warner does funny-smart archly. Jackson Bliss constructs a wounded love story, and Kathleen MacKay superimposes desire onto reality. Additional short fiction arrives from Juked magazine co-founders Ashley Farmer (The Farmacist) and Ryan Ridge (Camouflage Country), poet Elizabeth Wyatt, and memoirist Denise Reich.


Spring 2016 cover art by Southern California activist-artist Peter Carr (1925-1981).

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 Review | $7/issue

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