Fall 2013 SMR cover art: Andrea Bowers.
SMC’s national literary arts journal, published twice yearly, showcases the work of established authors alongside emerging writers, with an emphasis on West Coast creative writing. Founded by novelist and SMC English instructor Jim Krusoe (Blood Lake, Parsifal), the Review has presented readers experimental, thoughtful, and funny works of fiction and nonfiction—including essays and short stories by Gary Amdahl, Karl Taro Greenfeld and Diane Lefer—in 25 years of publication, and is considered a leading American journal. Recent work has been selected for the annual Best American Short Stories and PEN/O. Henry anthologies.
The Fall 2013 issue, edited by Andrew Tonkovich, features work by both new and previous contributors, including novelists and short story writers Michelle Latiolais (Widow), Dylan Landis (Normal People Don’t Live Like This), Ron Carlson (The Signal), and David Kranes (The Legend’s Daughter). Included is a short story by Santa Monica College creative writing student Grace Singh Smith—her first time in print—and workshop alum Alex Jones.
Funny and wise experimental writing comes from Rich Ives (Tunneling to the Moon), and the wildly creative duo of Ryan Ridge and Mel Bosworth. All-around genius Andrew Nicholls (“The Tonight Show,” “Jimmy Neutron”) offers a coming-of-age story, and Los Angeles Review of Books founder-editor Tom Lutz shares a personal travel essay. Marilyn Abildskov (The Men in My Country) and Linda Rui Feng explore and rewrite memory, and poet-memoirist Christopher Buckley (Varieties of Religious Experience) sets it straight. Prizewinning short fiction writer Geoff Wyss (How) and graphic novelist Jeffrey Chapman take readers on serious romps.
(Night People), and funny-political provocateur gc cunningham. Tonkovich points to the issue’s diversity of themes and contributors, with plenty of short provocative pieces, along with traditional literary fiction, from a terrifically representative line-up in terms of experience, background and taste.
“I didn’t realize how gorgeously nutty, abundant and eclectic this issue was until I reviewed contributors’ bios,” he said. “We’ve got a real mix in 20 stories and essays, all eager to please. There’s something for everybody, and more.”