SMC’s national literary arts journal, published twice yearly, showcases the work of established authors alongside emerging writers, with a focus on West Coast fiction and nonfiction. Founded by novelist and SMC English instructor Jim Krusoe (Parsifal), the Review has presented readers experimental, thoughtful, and funny original writing—including essays and short stories by Gary Amdahl, Michelle Latiolais, and Diane Lefer—in almost 25 years of publication, and is considered a leading national journal. Recent work appears in the annual Best American Short Stories and PEN/O. Henry anthologies.
The Fall 2014 issue, edited by Andrew Tonkovich, features new work, short and long, from new and frequent favorite contributors. Southern California writer Victoria Patterson (This Vacant Paradise), novelists Varley O’Connor (The Master’s Muse) and Rhoda Huffey (The Hallelujah Side), and SMR veteran Janice Shapiro (Bummer) provoke in stories of domestic un-bliss. SMC writing workshop alum Sandy Yang appears once again, with a Southland story of a young reporter-intern confronting her inexperience. First-time-in-print LA short story writer Jeffrey Moskowitz meditates on fatherhood, Patty Houston on a father’s passing, Gary Fincke (How Blasphemy Sounds to God) on race hatred, and Coby Hoffman on the LA riots, in both comic and tragic shenanigans.