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Santa Monica Review


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 Fall 2016 issue, edited by Andrew Tonkovich, features 13 pieces from contributors including So Cal writers Ron Carlson (Return to Oakpine), Katharine Haake (The Time of Quarantine), Monona Wali (My Blue Skin Lover), and Richard Wirick (Kicking In). The issue includes an essay on writing and political activism by novelist and New Mexico garlic farmer Stanley Crawford (The Log of the S.S. The Mrs. Unguentine), and short stories and essays from frequent contributors Erik Rangno of Orange County and Olga Zilberbourg of San Francisco, as well as SMR first-timers Todd Easton Mills, Vishwas R. Gaitonde, Zlatina G. Sandalska, Billy Middleton, Michael Mattes, and K.L. Browne, all with impressive publication histories. A collection rich in urgent perspectives, humor, and satire, as well as voice-driven stories and essays, the Fall 2016 issue of SMR offers readers an eclectic literary mash-up typical of the iconoclastic magazine’s dedication to varieties of very good writing.


Fall 2016 cover art by Southern California artist  Deborah Davidson.

Santa Monica Review is sold at the SMR website (​), 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 (​and “Like” us on Facebook.

Santa Monica Review | $7/issue

$12/year subscription


Issue Launch Party: SMR Presents...

Join us at an intimate Santa Monica venue for a literary night out with a welcome by poet and activist Susan Suntree (Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California), and readings by four contributors to Santa Monica Review—novelists and short-story writers Richard Wirick (Kicking In), Monona Wali (My Blue Skin Lover), Michelle Latiolais (She), and Katherine Haake (The Time of Quarantine)—with book signing and refreshments. Please visit​ for ticket details.

Sun, October 9 | 5pm | $10 

The Edye at SMC Performing Arts Center​​

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