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 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 fall 2015 issue, edited by Andrew Tonkovich,
features fourteen short and long pieces from new and frequent favorite
contributors, and showcases short stories by recent award winners, acclaimed
novelists, and first-time-in-print and SMC creative writing student writers.
Frequent contributors Michael Cadnum (The Book of the
Lion), Michael Jauchen, and Jeffrey Steven Moskowitz elevate language and
voice in stylized, voice-driven narratives. Novelist Andrew Porter (The
Theory of Light and Matter) shares a love story by way of a Loz Feliz
landmark. Canadian Ann Lohner links a war at home to those abroad. Skye Anicca engages
life in a nursing home.
Jonathan Keeperman and Julian Smith-Newman, both recent
grads of UC Irvine’s creative writing MFA program, share gorgeous and
self-conscious short stories, as does meta-funny Geoff Wyss (How).
Peter LaSalle (The City at Three P.M.) considers
the writing life, Michael Guista (Brain Work) offers a realist
heartbreaker, and MFC Covina (The Off-Season) just plain goes for it in
a hilarious, digressive take-apart of duplicity and bravado.
The issue also proudly presents the work of SMC creative
writing workshop student Susan Berman, and of first-time-in-print retired Los
Angeles paramedic Philip Rowe, whose gritty, wry, and gentle short story
previews his work on a novel.
2015 cover art:
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