Fall Santa Monica Review Available

Andrew Tonkovich is editor of Santa Monica Review

The Fall 2010 issue of Santa Monica Review, Santa Monica College’s widely praised national literary arts journal, has been released and features such acclaimed writers as Karl Taro Greenfeld.

The fall issue, edited by Andrew Tonkovich, presents its usual eclectic mix of cutting-edge short stories and essays. The issue features fiction from frequent contributor Janice Shapiro (Bummer) and essays by Michelle Latiolais (A Proper Knowledge, Widow) and Judith Grossman (How Aliens Think). 

Katherine Karlin offers a cautionary fictional Southern California earthquake civics lesson, Karl Taro Greenfeld (Best American Short Stories) envisions a Japanese artist who survives World War II, and first-time contributor (and first time published) JJ Strong recalls election night 2008 with a dysfunctional American family. 

Also here are two short-shorts by local playwright Stephanie Kerley Schwartz and a long story by San Francisco artist-writer John Zaklikowski. Christian Winn of Boise, Idaho portrays love, gambling and gambling with love. Christopher Hood tells a story about storytelling, and Michael Guista takes apart voice, identity and marriage.

Tonkovich notes legendary ZYZZYVA editor Howard Junker’s recent informal survey of U.S. literary magazines, which affirmed Santa Monica Review as a singular publisher of West Coast writers. 

“I read work submitted by writers all around the country,” says Tonkovich, “but have indeed tried to publish and promote writers from this part of the world.  They also happen to be some of the best fiction and nonfiction creative writers anywhere.”  

Cover art for the fall 2010 edition is by artist Lydia Conklin.

The Santa Monica Review, published twice yearly, showcases the literary voices of established authors and emerging writers. Founded by Jim Krusoe, an SMC English professor and author (Iceland, Girl Factory, Erased), the Review has presented readers experimental, thoughtful, and funny works of fiction and nonfiction – including writing by well-known authors such as Gary Amdahl, Alan Cheuse, Molly Giles, James Houston, Michelle Latiolais, Gary Soto, and Jervey Tervalon – during 20-plus years of publication. It has achieved a reputation as one of the West Coast's leading journals and was recently honored with inclusion in the prestigious “Best American Short Stories 2009” anthology.

Santa Monica Review is available for sale online and at the SMC Bookstore, Beyond Baroque in Venice, and other area booksellers. Copies are also available by mail and by subscription through Santa Monica Review, Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica 90405.

The publication is available for $7 per issue or $12 for the two issues each year. For more information, call (310) 434-3597 or visit the Santa Monica Review website, http://www.smc.edu/sm_review.