SMC’s national literary arts journal, published twice yearly, showcases the works of established authors alongside emerging writers. Founded by novelist and SMC English instructor Jim Krusoe (Blood Lake, Toward You), the Review has presented readers experimental, thoughtful, and funny works of fiction and nonfiction—including essays and short stories by Gary Amdahl, Michelle Latiolais, and Diane Lefer—during more than 20 years of publication, and is considered a leading West Coast journal. Recent work has been selected for the annual Best American Short Stories and PEN/O. Henry anthologies.
The Spring 2014 issue, edited by Andrew Tonkovich, features new work, short and long, from new and frequent favorite contributors, marking the appearances again of Michael Cadnum (Can’t Catch Me), Karl Taro Greenfeld (Triburbia), Trinie Dalton (Wide Eyed), Steve De Jarnatt, and Michelle Chihara.
Poet, novelist, and YA legend Gary Soto (What Poets are Like) offers reliably whimsical, yet urgent personal essays, and artist, critic, and fabulist-realist Roberto Ontiveros messes with time and desire.
First-time SMR contributors include J. M. Hollwig and Dylan J. Lambert. The reliably smart and wicked-funny team of Ryan Ridge and Mel Bosworth offer six short pieces of giddy language-driven social satire, and longtime friend of the magazine Monona Wali delivers a realistic story of family crisis, regret, cultural, and emotional insight.
Christian Kiefer (The Infinite Tides) romps through an imagined memory lane with an irreverent Reagan story, and novelist and short story writer Mark Maxwell (NixonCarver) plays gorgeously fast, loose, and movingly with a fictionalized life of the late David Foster Wallace.
Editor Tonkovich invites readers to explore further the work of contributors to this issue, many with impressive publication credits and significant careers. “Their appearances in our magazine affirm their generosity and also the important place of literary magazines,” says Tonkovich. “I’m hopeful that reading this issue might start readers on a trip to the bookstore to locate other fiction and nonfiction by many of these amazing authors.”
Spring 2014 cover art: Deborah Davidson.
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