The Fall 2021 edition of the Santa Monica Review.

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Complete contents of the Fall 2021 issue

Leslie Daniels – Tiny Man Dream
Caroline Kim – Strangers Here
Tom Whalen – Translating Robert Walser
Daniel Libman – American Maccabee
Jeff Solomon – Treblinka Kitty
Emily Greenberg – Alternative Facts
Amy Stuber – Ruin
Kion You – Driving Through the Valley
Mary Taugher – What Mercy
Jim Marino – Merrimac, Moonlight, 2020
Emily Mirengoff – American Sisterhoods
Andrew Rothschild – One Life
Diane Lefer – The Three-Dimensional Sociopath
Lisa Teasley – I Met Someone
Adolfo Guzman-Lopez – Boom Town National City


Leslie Daniels’ novel, Cleaning Nabokov’s House, published in translation in four languages, is under option for film. She lives in Ithaca, New York.

Caroline Kim is the author of a collection of short stories about the Korean diaspora, The Prince of Mournful Thoughts and Other Stories, which won  the 2020 Drue Heinz Prize in Literature, was nominated for a Northern California Book Award, and was long listed for both the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize and The Story Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Michigan Quarterly Review, The Bare Life Review, Carve, Lit Hub, Electric Lit, TriQuarterly, The Rumpus, Porter House Review, and elsewhere. Find her at and @carolinewriting.  

Emily Greenberg is a writer, artist, and educator currently based in San Diego. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Iowa Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Witness, Chicago Quarterly Review, and the tenth anniversary edition of New Stories from the Midwest, among others. A recent graduate of Ohio State’s MFA program, her writing honors include a Pushcart Prize XLV Special Mention, the 2020 Witness Literary Award in Fiction, and 3rd place in the 2018 Glimmer Train Fiction Open. “Alternative Facts” is the title story of her debut collection for which she is currently seeking a publisher.

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez co-founded the performance poetry group The Taco Shop Poets in 1994. His poetry has been published in Huizache, Geography of Rage: Remembering the Los Angeles Riots of 1992, and other publications. Since 2000 he’s been a reporter at NPR affiliate KPCC-FM in Los Angeles. He’s reported on the arts, politics, and education. He won the LA Press Club’s Radio Journalist of the Year in 2007. He is currently a member of Project 1521, a collective writing about the Florentine Codex, the Conquest of Mexico, fighting cultural erasure under quarantine, and the paintings of Los Angeles artist Sandy Rodriguez.

Dylan Landis (cover art) is a collage artist and a writer. Her novel, Rainey Royal, was a New York Times Editors Choice, and links to her story collection, Normal People Don’t Live Like This. Her stories and essays have appeared in Bomb, Tin House, the New York Times Book Review, Harper’s Magazine, Best American Nonrequired Reading and O. Henry Prize Stories.

Diane Lefer’s most recent novel, Out of Place, looks at the consequences of the security state as international scientists and their associates come under suspicion in the aftermath of 9/11. Out of Place was published in September by Fomite Press which previously published Confessions of a Carnivore, inspired by the Bush Administration and Diane’s relationship with a baboon at the LA Zoo (excerpt first seen in SMR). About Fomite: When the publisher chose that name several years ago, he was not thinking of transmission of the COVID virus, but rather this quotation from Tolstoy: “The activity of art is based on the capacity of people to be infected by the feelings of others.”

Daniel Libman has won a Pushcart Prize and a Paris Review Discovery Prize for fiction. His nonfiction stories and essays appear regularly on Northern Public Radio. Libman lives in Illinois on a family farm, where he tends a small flock of chickens and a yard full of barn-cats that he’s much too attached to. “American Maccabee” is his second story to appear in Santa Monica Review.

Jim Marino’s stories have appeared, or soon will, in Alaska Quarterly Review, Apex Magazine, and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. His short humor has appeared on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, he lives and teaches Shakespeare in Cleveland.

Emily Mirengoff  is a fiction editor at TriQuarterly. She is at work on a short story collection exploring the interpersonal dynamics between women. Her fiction has also appeared in Story, Yemassee, and Lunch Ticket. She earned her bachelor’s in history from Dartmouth College and her master’s in communication from the University of Miami; she currently resides in the Washington, DC area.

Andrew Rothschild is a film and television writer whose work includes an upcoming musical for Walt Disney Animation Studios, the independent film Sequoia (SXSW 2014), and the Verizon/Hulu series Zac & Mia, for which he won a WGA Award and a Daytime Emmy. Other work includes pilots and features for multiple studios, an internationally-aired short-form series for Coca Cola, and the script Hughes, which appeared on the 2017 Black List. BA, Sarah Lawrence. MFA, USC.

Jeff Solomon’s first book, So Famous and So Gay: The Fabulous Potency of Truman Capote and Gertrude Stein (University of Minnesota Press), was selected for the American Library Association’s “Over the Rainbow” list of the year’s best LGBTQ Books. He is an Assistant Professor of English and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Wake Forest University. “Treblinka Kitty” is an excerpt from a novel manuscript.

Amy Stuber’s fiction has appeared in Copper Nickel, Witness, Best Small Fictions 2020, West Branch, Ploughshares, New England Review, and elsewhere. She’s Print Issue Editor for Split Lip magazine. She’s on Twitter @amy_stuber_ and online at

Mary Tauger’s fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Narrative Magazine, Redivider, and elsewhere. A story is forthcoming in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. Originally from Ohio, she now splits her time between San Francisco and Newport Beach. She is currently at work on a short story collection. 

Lisa Teasley is the author of the novels Dive and Heat Signature, and the award-winning story collection Glow in the Dark, published by Bloomsbury. Teasley is the writer and presenter of the BBC television documentary High School Prom; her essays, stories, and poems have been extensively anthologized, appearing in publications and media such as National Public Radio, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Joyland, 7X7LA, and Zyzzyva. An Editor-at-Large for Los Angeles Review of Books and a member of the LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, Lisa is also a visual artist who has exhibited widely. 

Andrew Tonkovich edits the Santa Monica Review. He is the author of two books, The Dairy of Anne Frank and More Wish Fulfillment in the Noughties and Keeping Tahoe Blue and Other Provocations

Kion You is a freelance writer currently living in Seoul. His nonfiction has been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Majuscule, Sojourners, and The Rumpus. This is his first published piece of fiction.

Tom Whalen’s books include The President in Her Towers, Elongated Figures, Winter Coat, The Straw That Broke, Dolls, and most recently his second selection and translation of prose by Robert Walser, Little Snow Landscape (NYRB Classics).

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