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 (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 30 years of publication, and is a celebrated national magazine. Recent stand-out work appears in the annual Pushcart Prize, Best American Short Stories, and PEN/O. Henry anthologies.

The Fall 2018 Thirtieth Anniversary Issue, edited by Andrew Tonkovich, features 15 original pieces, including work from founder Krusoe and frequent contributors Janice Shapiro (Bummer), Monona Wali (My Blue Skin Lover), Richard Wirick (Kicking In), and acclaimed John Fante biographer and story writer Stephen Cooper.

Longtime friend of the journal Robley Wilson (After Paradise) shares a story of remembrance and loss. SoCal writer Linda Purdy delivers another elegant meditation, Diane Gurman takes a hilarious if instructively doomed middle-aged road trip, and SMC creative writing workshop student Molly Jackson crafts an eerie domestic drama.

Writers Casey Walker (Last Days in Shanghai) and Brian Ingram make their SMR debuts, as does novelist Yxta Maya Murray (The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Kidnapped) with a multi-voiced fiction exploring creativity, motherhood, and their economic relationship.

This 200-page special expanded edition features long and short work and, for the first time, graphic storytelling. Combining interrogations of both reality and imagination, the stylistic range of this anniversary issue includes traditional, as well as experimental writing in a reliably eclectic and challenging literary mash-up in keeping with the iconoclastic magazine's tradition as initiated by founder Krusoe.

Santa Monica Review Fall 2018

Santa Monica Review is sold at the Santa Monica Review 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 the Santa Monica Review website and "Like us on Facebook.


Additional events can be found listed at the Santa Monica Review website.

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SMR on Campus: "Literary Activity"

Spend your campus "activity hour" hearing readings and reflections by founder Jim Krusoe (The Sleep Garden), longtime contributor and SMC instructor Monona Wali (My Blue Skin Lover), and editor Andrew Tonkovich. Free copies of the magazine for all attendees.

Thu, October 4 | 11:15 a.m. | Free

Santa Monica College Art 214

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SMR at Annenberg Community Beach House

Hear contributors read in a gorgeous public venue, presented by the Beach=Culture series, a program of the City of Santa Monica. Readings by Stephen Cooper, David Ulin (The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time), Best American Short Stories winner Steve De Jarnatt, and debut novelist Katya Apekina (The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish).

Tue, October 9 | 6:30 p.m. | Free (Parking $3/hour)

Annenberg Community Beach House

(415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica)

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30th Anniversary Issue Launch Party: SMR Presents...

Join us at an intimate Santa Monica performance space to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Santa Monica Review with literary readings by four SMR contributors — Jim Krusoe, Vishwas Gaitonde, Dylan Landis, and Richard Wirick — and book signing and refreshments. Welcome by filmmaker (Miracle Mile) and award-winning short story writer Steve de Jarnatt. Free parking on premises. See for ticket details.

Sun, October 14 | 5 p.m. | $10

The Edye at SMC Performing Arts Center

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SMR at Beyond Baroque

Venice's landmark literary arts center welcomes editor Andrew Tonkovich and readers Molly Jackson, Dawna Kemper, JP Valliéres, and Yxta Maya Murray.

Sun, October 21 | 7 p.m. | $10

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center

(681 Venice Boulevard, Venice) |

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SMR at UC Irvine

Editor Tonkovich and contributors to the magazine join a panel sponsored by UCI's Illuminations series—"Campus Literary Magazines: An Enduring Commitment to Creativity and Community"—with representatives of six local literary journals, readings by literary magazine fans Michael Jaime-Becerra (This Time Tomorrow) and Michelle Latiolais (She), refreshments, and free copies of the magazine.

Tue, October 23 | 5 p.m. | Free (Parking $10)

UC Irvine HG 1030 |

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SMR at Santa Monica Public Library

Visit the Santa Monica Library's Montana Avenue Branch for readings by Rhoda Huffey (The Hallelujah Side), Brian Ingram, and short story writer/editor Lisa Alvarez.

Sat, October 27 | 2 p.m. | Free

SMPL Montana Branch (1704 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica) |​