The Fall 2020 edition of the Santa Monica Review.

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Complete contents of the Fall 2020 issue

Katherine Sharpe – Miranda’s Journal
Neal Hammons – The Calling of Preventative Medicine-Specialist Ezra Chilton, a Fraud
Matt Greene – Shazaam!
Eric Rawson – Touch and Go
Ryan Ridge & Mel Bosworth – Climate Strange
Marina Hatsopoulos – The Bother of Watermelon Seeds
Ben Preston – The Fearless Usher It In
Adam Barrows – Marrow 88
Sophia Veltfort – Ex-Lover
Lauren Hohle – Strawberries
Alisa Slaughter – Break of Gauge
Sean Bernard – Manifest
Sean Bernard – The San Gabriel Complex
Kevin Allardice – from The Ghosts of Bohemian Grove
Andrew Furman – Live Long, Eat Your Sea Vegetables
Joachim Glage – When the Ghostmen Came to Mothview


Kevin Allardice is the author of two novels: Any Resemblance to Actual Persons (Counterpoint Press, 2013) and Family, Genus, Species (Outpost19, 2017). “The Ghosts of Bohemian Grove” is an excerpt from his new novella. He lives in Northern California with his wife and son.

Adam Barrows lives in Ottawa, Canada, with his wife and son. He teaches English literature at Carleton University.

Sean Bernard is the author of the collection Desert Sonorous, winner of the 2014 Juniper Prize, and the novel Studies in the Hereafter (2015). His work is recently in The Gettysburg Review, Lit Hub, Sycamore Review, and Carolina Quarterly. A recipient of an NEA prose fellowship in 2012, he directs the creative writing program at the University of La Verne, where he also edits the journal Prism Review.

Mel Bosworth is the author of the novel Freight. He lives in Western Massachusetts.

Kenneth Calhoun (cover artist) has published short fiction in The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Tin House, and the O. Henry Prize and New Stories of the South anthologies, among other publications. His stories have previously appeared in the Santa Monica Review. His novel, Black Moon, was published by Hogarth in 2014. A native of the Los Angeles suburbs, he now lives in South Boston.

Andrew Furman is a professor of English at Florida Atlantic University and teaches in its MFA program in creative writing. His essays and stories have appeared in such publications as Oxford American, The Southern Review, Ecotone, The Wall Street Journal, Poets & Writers,, Flyway, and The Florida Review. He is the author, most recently, of the novels Jewfish (Little Curlew Press, 2020) and Goldens Are Here (Green Writers Press, 2018), and the memoir Bitten: My Unexpected Love Affair with Florida (University Press of Florida, 2014), which was named a finalist for the ASLE Environmental Book Award. He lives in south Florida with his family.

Joachim Glage lives and writes in Colorado, where he also enjoys no longer being an attorney. “When the Ghostmen Came to Mothview” is the third installment in a series of fictions Glage is writing about the Americas during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The first and second pieces from this series appeared in Philosophy and Literature (41.1) and The Georgia Review (summer 2018), respectively. Other fiction by Glage can be found in recent issues of Litmag, The Rupture, Juked, and Diagram.

Matt Greene is a graduate of the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands and holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University. His work has previously appeared in or is forthcoming from Alaska Quarterly Review, the Cincinnati Review, Conjunctions, Spillway, and Wigleaf, among other journals.

Neal Hammons graduated from the University of Florida’s MFA program for fiction. His work has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern.

Marina Hatsopoulos was Founding CEO of Z Corporation, an early leader in 3D printing. Her writing has been published in Antioch Review, Bellevue Literary, Crab Orchard Review, and numerous other literary journals. Her work can be found at

Lauren Hohle is a Midwest expat and a graduate of the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands. She earned her MFA at Eastern Washington University and is the managing editor of the Gettysburg Review. Her recent work can be found in Crab Creek Review.

Ben Preston lives with his family in Nevada City, California. When not polishing a manuscript, he teaches and runs a bicycle recycle program at a local middle school. You can contact him at

Eric Sean Rawson teaches at the University of Southern California. His work has appeared in a number of places, including Slate, Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, and Ploughshares. He is the author of The Hummingbird Hour, Expo, and, most recently, the novel Banana Republic.

Ryan Ridge is the author of five books, including the story collection New Bad News (Sarabande Books, 2020). An assistant professor at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, he codirects the Creative Writing Program. He edits the literary magazine Juked and lives in Salt Lake City with the writer Ashley Farmer.

Katherine Sharpe’s fiction has appeared in Ploughshares. She’s published essays and journalism in n+1, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Hopkins Review, and Nature, among others, and she is the author of Coming of Age on Zoloft (Harper Perennial, 2012). A graduate of The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, she lives with her family in Baltimore, where she works as an editor and writing teacher. She’d be gratified if you would subscribe to her TinyLetter.

Alisa Slaughter’s essays, short fiction, and translations have appeared most recently in Flyway,, and Santa Monica Review. Her collection of short fiction, Bad Habitats, was published in 2013 by Gold Line Press. She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and an MA in comparative literature from the University of Arizona, and teaches at the University of Redlands.

Andrew Tonkovich edits the Santa Monica Review. He is the co-editor, with Lisa Alvarez, of Orange County: A Literary Field Guide and a novella collection, The Dairy of Anne Frank. His latest is a short story collection, Keeping Tahoe Blue and Other Provocations, out from What Books Press.

Sophia Veltfort’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Narrative (30 Below Contest finalist), Meridian, Sonora Review online, Quiddity, Isthmus, Chicago Tribune online (Nelson Algren finalist), Post Road, J Journal: New Writing on Justice, Hobart, The Saturday Evening Post online, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Harvard Review. After graduating from Yale, she studied on a Marshall Scholarship at Oxford (English 1900-present) and the University of East Anglia (Creative Writing, Prose Fiction). She is currently a Joint MFA/PhD student at Cornell.

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