Author Readings Celebrate Release of Santa Monica Review Thirtieth Anniversary Issue

Launch Party Welcome by Filmmaker/Writer Steve De Jarnatt; Readings at The Edye Second Space, Beyond Baroque, Annenberg Beach House & More

A launch party with author readings will celebrate the release of the Thirtieth Anniversary Issue of Santa Monica Review at 5 p.m. October 14 in The Edye at the SMC Performing Arts Center. Several other readings at venues including Santa Monica College, Beyond Baroque, Santa Monica Public Library, and UC Irvine are also scheduled.

The Thirtieth Anniversary Issue of Santa Monica Review features 15 original pieces, including work from Review founder Jim 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. The 200-page special expanded edition features graphic storytelling for the first time.

September 26, 2018

SANTA MONICA, CA — Santa Monica College (SMC) announces the release of the Fall 2018 Thirtieth Anniversary issue of Santa Monica Review, SMC’s esteemed national literary arts journal. Published twice yearly, the Review showcases the work of established authors alongside emerging writers, with a focus on narratives of the West Coast, and is the only nationally distributed literary magazine published by a U.S. community college.

To celebrate the landmark issue, a launch party and Review author readings and other events will be held throughout the month of October at Santa Monica College and a number of other Southern California literary venues including Beyond Baroque, the Annenberg Beach House, Santa Monica Public Library, and UC Irvine.

The Review’s launch party, says Tonkovich, “commemorates three decades of the publication of a literary magazine by a community college. SMC’s incredible performance space offers a perfect homecoming venue for the journal, begun by a visionary president of the college, Richard Moore. Over three decades, the college has maintained its commitment to the journal, supporting its presence at the LA Times Festival of Books and other community gatherings, distributing the magazine nationally and sharing with colleges, universities, and writing workshops.”

Tonkovich noted that directly and indirectly, new writers with work in the Review have developed projects, which became books, including Vicki Forman (This Lovely Life), Alisa Slaughter (Bad Habitats) and Gary Amdahl (Visigoth). The Review’s contributors’ work consistently appears in the annual Pushcart Prize, Best American Short Stories, and PEN/O. Henry anthologies, or as honorable mentions and notable stories or essays.

The complete anniversary celebration lineup is:

  • Santa Monica Review Presents...” (Issue Launch Party)
    5 p.m., Sunday, October 14 | The Edye at the SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th Street (at Santa Monica Boulevard), Santa Monica.
    Tickets: $10 (available on Brownpapertickets.com)

    The launch party will open with a welcome by award-winning filmmaker (Miracle Mile) and short story writer Steve De Jarnatt, and will feature readings by four recent contributors to the magazine: Santa Monica Review founder Jim Krusoe (The Sleep Garden) and frequent contributors Vishwas Gaitonde, Dylan Landis (Normal People Don't Live Like This), and Richard Wirick (Kicking In).

    Refreshments will be served, and books will be available for purchase and author signing. Abundant free parking available on premises.

  • Santa Monica Review on Campus: “Mid-Day Campus Activity Hour Goes Literary”
    Thursday, October 4, at 11:15 a.m. | Art 214, SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica. Free.

    Readings and reflections by Review founder Jim Krusoe (The Sleep Garden), longtime contributor and SMC instructor Monona Wali (My Blue Skin Lover), and Review editor Andrew Tonkovich. Free copies of the magazine will be available. Seating is on a first-arrival basis.

  • Santa Monica Review at Annenberg Community Beach House
    Tuesday, October 9, at 6:30 p.m. | Annenberg Community Beach House (annenbergbeachhouse.com), 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica. Free.

    Review contributors read in a gorgeous public venue, presented by the Beach=Culture series, a program of the City of Santa Monica. Readings by short story master 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). Seating is on a first-arrival basis. Parking at the Annenberg’s lot is $3/hour.

  • Santa Monica Review at Beyond Baroque
    Sunday, October 21, at 7 p.m. | Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center (beyondbaroque.org), 681 Venice Boulevard, Venice.
    Tickets: $10 at the door.

    Venice’s landmark literary arts center welcomes Review editor Andrew Tonkovich and readers Molly Jackson, Dawna Kemper, JP Valliéres, and Yxta Maya Murray. Seating is on a first-arrival basis.

  • Santa Monica Review at UC Irvine
    Tuesday, October 23, at 5 p.m. | UC Irvine School of Humanities (illuminations.uci.edu), Humanities Gateway 1030, Irvine. Free.

    Review editor Andrew 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 will be available. Seating is on a first-arrival basis. Parking is $10.

  • Santa Monica Review at the Santa Monica Public Library (Montana Branch)
    Saturday, October 27, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | SMPL Montana Branch
    1704 Montana Ave., Santa Monica 90401. Free.

Santa Monica Library's charming Montana Avenue branch hosts a reading by Rhoda Huffey (The Hallelujah Side) short story writer Brian Ingram, and frequent contributor and editor Lisa Alvarez.

The Thirtieth Anniversary Issue – edited by Andrew Tonkovich, who also hosts the weekly show “Bibliocracy” on KPFK (90.7 FM) – features 15 original pieces, including work from Review founder Jim 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.

Late 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 Review 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.

The 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 Jim Krusoe.

Santa Monica Review was founded by editor, acclaimed novelist, and SMC creative writing instructor Jim Krusoe (Parsifal, The Sleep Garden) to showcase established authors and emerging writers. Over the past three decades, the Review has achieved a solid reputation as one of the West Coast's leading literary arts journals, and has presented experimental, thoughtful, and funny original writing — including essays and short stories by Gary Soto, Michelle Latiolais, David Ulin, Barry Gifford, Glen David Gold, and Victoria Patterson.

Santa Monica Review is available for sale online and at the SMC Campus Store, 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 costs $7 per issue or $12 for the two issues each year. For more information, visit the Santa Monica Review website or call (949) 235-8193

Santa Monica Review is a project of Santa Monica College, part of its mission to promote literacy and engagement with the literary arts in Southern California. Santa Monica College is a California Community College accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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