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Spring Santa Monica Review at UC Irvine Bookstore –
Thursday, April 14 at 5 PM

Join Santa Monica Review editor Andrew Tonkovich for a spring issue publication event featuring readings by contributors to the magazine. Three local writers present their work: Dwight Yates, Erik Kongshaug and Chera King. The magazine is a nationally distributed literary arts journal with a focus on West Coast literary fiction and nonfiction, recognized with inclusion in many anthologies including The Best American Short Stories.

Dwight Yates’ stories have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. His first collection, Haywire Hearts and Slide Trombones, received the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award from Snake Nation Press, while his second, Bring Everybody, was the inaugural winner of the Juniper Prize. Twice a recipient of NEA fiction fellowships, he taught for many years in the writing program at the University of California, Riverside. He lives in Redlands.

Erik Kongshaug is a graduate of the MFA Creative Writing program at UC Irvine, and a Lecturer. He is author of the novel The Path and erstwhile editor of the biweekly Random Lengths: Harbor Independent News. He has publised essay on Upton Sinclair, the Muckrakers, and Jamaica Kincaid and is writing a book-lenth essay on the blues harmonica.

Chera King earned her MFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside, where she teaches Composition and ESL.

The UCI Bookstore is located on campus in the UCI Student Center, corner of West Peltason Dr. and Pereira Dr. (Page 889-J2 Thomas Guide Orange County Ed.)

Parking is available in the PS4 (Student Center) parking structure.

http://www.uci.edu/campusmap/

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Dutton’s RIP

Andrew Tonkovich

Editing a literary magazine, reading hundreds of manuscripts, I have a relationship with writers which means communicating by mail, telephone and e-mail, and relying on the particular trust that requires. Accepting a story or essay, identifying corrections and sending proofs, sometimes over months, are acts of confidence. I sometimes shape a vision in my mind’s eye of a physical person, always wrong of course, which I discover upon meeting the handsome corpus and hearing a real voice. Not the authorial voice, not the persona imagined, but, as on the radio, somebody better and less.

Readings at Dutton’s were often the first and only time I met those writers. Impossible not to evoke Borges’ The Library of Babel and Fahrenheit 451 here, for all kinds of reasons. We hysterical, alarm-sounding bibliophiles, Perpetual Lamenters of the Dying or Uncherished Word, Chicken Littles crying over the pieces (pages) of the sky right there on the ground, we hate being right, and love being lost. Almost as much as we believe, simultaneously, in the perseverance of that hopeful/hopeless community of our fellow Grangers, book people who purposely confuse literature with life.

Moving room to room through the distinctive labyrinth of Dutton’s was like trying to solve that famous mathematical problem of the Seven Bridges of Konigsberg. Impossible, again, to walk down any one aisle just once, impossible to reconcile real life with possibility, and why would you want to? The weird architecture of the place is a tour through stacks with, thankfully, no solution but to trace your own Eulerian path — all wrong, all yours — and to discover along the way a fellow personification of the book standing there, or in the big west room or out in the courtyard, where an assembly of listeners on folding chairs sat while a real-life person read or recited as traffic passed by on San Vicente.

Difficult truths: Stores go out of business. We do not deserve our writers. Books will not die. So, yes, Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine.

Andrew Tonkovich edits Santa Monica Review.  Link to LA Weekly article

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Santa Monica Review reading at Dutton’s Brentwood, 2007

Happy literary crowd at Dutton's reading.

Happy literary crowd at Dutton’s reading

Diane Gurman, Andrew T., Monona Wali and Tod Goldberg.

Diane Gurman, Andrew T., Monona Wali and Tod Goldberg

Literary reveler.

Literary reveler

Santa Monica Review reading at UC Irvine Bookstore, 2007

SMR contributors Alisa Slaughter and Diane Lefer (as Guantanamo detainee) read to support the new issue at UC Irvine’s bookstore.

SMR contributors Alisa Slaughter and Diane Lefer (as Guantanamo detainee) read to support the new issue at UC Irvine’s bookstore.

SMR contributors Alisa Slaughter and Diane Lefer (as Guantanamo detainee) read to support the new issue at UC Irvine’s bookstore.

SMR contributors Alisa Slaughter and Diane Lefer (as Guantanamo detainee)
read to support the new issue at UC Irvine’s bookstore.

Santa Monica Review reading at Dutton’s Brentwood, 2006

Left to right: Andrew Tonkovich, editor with contributors to Spring issue Natali Petricic, Kate Milliken and Jorge Saralegui.

Left to right: Andrew Tonkovich, editor with contributors to Spring issue
Natali Petricic, Kate Milliken and Jorge Saralegui.

Santa Monica Review reading at UC Irvine Bookstore, 2006


Jonathan Cohen and Vicki Forman, contributors to Fall 2006 issue.

Jonathan Cohen and Vicki Forman, contributors to Fall 2006 issue.
They read recently at a UC Irvine bookstore event in support of the issue.

Santa Monica Review reading at Duttons, Brentwood, 2006


George Ducker, Vicki Forman and Colin Dickey at recent Dutton's Brentwood reading to support Fall 2007 issue.

George Ducker, Vicki Forman and Colin Dickey at recent Dutton’s Brentwood reading to support Fall 2006 issue.

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