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 Sleep Garden), the Review has presented readers
experimental, thoughtful, and funny original writing—including essays and short
stories by Gary Amdahl, Michelle Latiolais, Janice Shapiro, and Diane Lefer—in
25 years of publication, and is considered a leading national journal. Recent
work appears in the annual Pushcart Prize, Best American
Short Stories, and PEN/O. Henry anthologies.
The Spring 2016 issue, edited
by Andrew Tonkovich, features 15 short and long pieces from new and frequent
favorite contributors, showcasing essays by Gary Soto (What
Poets are Like) and Gary Amdahl (The
Daredevils) among fiction from Diane Lefer (Confessions of a Carnivore) and
Janice Shapiro (Bummer). Poet and travel essayist
Charles Hood (South x South) offers two short
meditative pieces. Comedy writer (The Tonight Show) Andrew
Nicholls messes with history. Sommer Schafer tells a long, careful, sad story
of unrelieved discontent. James Warner does funny-smart archly. Jackson Bliss
constructs a wounded love story, and Kathleen MacKay superimposes desire onto
reality. Additional short fiction arrives from Juked
magazine co-founders Ashley Farmer (The
Farmacist) and Ryan Ridge (Camouflage
Country), poet Elizabeth Wyatt, and memoirist Denise Reich.
Issue Launch Party: SMR Presents...
Join us for a welcome by novelist and SMR founding editor Jim Krusoe (Parsifal, The Sleep Garden) and
readings by four current or recent contributors to Santa Monica Review—frequent
contributor Kathleen MacKay, novelist and short story writer Mark Maxwell (Nixoncarver, Kings of the World), playwright
and novelist Gary Amdahl (The Daredevils), and
Review stalwart Janice Shapiro (Bummer)—with book
signing and refreshments. Please visit Brownpapertickets.com
for ticket details.
Sun, April 3 | 5pm | $10
The Edye at SMC Performing Arts Center
SMR at Festival of Books
Santa Monica Review once
again hosts a booth at the Los Angeles Times
Festival of Books this Spring. Stop by to pick up a free copy of Santa Monica Review and to meet and
chat with our editorial staff and volunteers. We’d love to see you!
Sat-Sun, April 9-10 | 10am | Free
USC University Park Campus
Spring 2016 cover art by Southern California activist-artist Peter Carr (1925-1981).
Santa Monica Review
is sold at the SMR
website (www.smc.edu/sm_review), SMC Bookstore, Beyond Baroque and Small World Books in Venice, and other local booksellers. Copies may also be ordered by mail and subscription. For more information, visit our website (www.smc.edu/sm_review) and “Like” us on Facebook.
Santa Monica Review | $7/issue