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The Spring 2011 issue of Santa Monica Review is available now.

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Santa Monica College’s national literary arts journal, published twice yearly, showcases the literary voices of established authors and emerging writers. Founded by SMC English instructor Jim Krusoe (Blood Lake, Iceland, Toward You), the Review has presented readers experimental, thoughtful, and funny works of fiction and nonfiction—including works by well-known authors Leslie Brody, Janice Shapiro, Gary Amdahl, Alan Cheuse, Molly Giles, James Houston, Michelle Latiolais, Gary Soto, and Jervey Tervalon—during 20 years of publication. SMR has achieved a reputation as one of the West Coast’s leading journals, with many contributors publishing short story collections and novels.

The Spring 2011 issue, edited by Andrew Tonkovich, includes work by novelists Robley Wilson (The World Still Waiting), Cai Emmons (The Stylist), and short story veteran Dwight Yates (Bring Everybody). Also represented are avant-gardist Rich Ives (The Balloon Containing the Water Containing the Narrative Begins Leaking), multi-form author Kris Saknussemm (Zanesville), and local contributors Erik Kongshaug of San Pedro, Lorene Sun of Riverside, Ryan Shoemaker of Burbank, and Chera King of Apple Valley. Editor Tonkovich celebrates the work of first-time contributors included in this volume. “This issue features a range of experience and perspective reflecting the work of writers at varying points in their impressive careers.”

Spring 2011 cover art is by internationally renowned Mexican print artist Artemio Rodriguez.

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The Fall 2011 issue appears in September.

Complete contents of the Spring 2011 issue:

Erik Kongshaug – Dead Ringer for a Point Boy
Chera King – Our Neighbor Put His House Up for Sale
Rich Ives – Irritation Tubing Approximating the Latent Desires of a Newly Discovered Species of Japanese Carnivorous Beetle
Ryan Shoemaker – Beyond the Lights
Cai Emmons – Redhead
Cathy Jacobowitz – You Made Me Leave My Happy Home
Olga Zilberbourg – The Ladder of Total Freedom
Dwight Yates – Day Sailing
Lorene Sun – Pedazos
Kris Saknussemm – No Simple Shadows
Timothy Dyke – The Pain of Being Pure
Robley Wilson – Crooked


Timothy Dyke is a teacher and writer who recently moved from Honolulu to Tucson. He now attends the University of Arizona in pursuit of an MFA in creative writing. His story “Near the Aquarium” appeared in fall 2008 SMR. A poem, “Mound,” has been featured in an exhibition of text/image collaborations at Warren Wilson College, and a longer version of that poem, “Mound and Minds are Bumps,” will appear in The Spirit of Black Mountain College, a book project published by Lorimer Press in the spring.

Cai Emmons, former playwright and screenwriter, is the author of the novels His Mother’s Son and The Stylist. She teaches at the University of Oregon in the Creative Writing Program.

Rich Ives is the 2009 winner of the Francis Locke Memorial Poetry Award from Bitter Oleander. His story collection, The Balloon Containing the Water Containing the Narrative Begins Leaking, was one of five finalists for the 2009 Starcherone Innovative Fiction Prize. In 2010 he has been a finalist in the fiction contests at Black Warrior Review and Mississippi Review and in poetry at Cloudbank and Mississippi Review.

Cathy Jacobowitz was born in New York City and lives in Boston with her partner, Kyle, and three cats. She is the recipient of a 2010 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship. For more from her novel, Melly Mockingbird, please visit her website at

Chera King lives in Southern California, where she received a B.A. in creative writing from California State University, San Bernardino, and recently earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from University of California, Riverside. She teaches English composition and English as a Second Language.

Erik Kongshaug is author of the novel The Path and the erstwhile editor of the biweekly Random Lengths: Harbor Independent News. He has published essays on Upton Sinclair, the Muckrakers, and Jamaica Kincaid and is currently writing a book-length essay on the blues harmonica. In addition to teaching undergraduate writing, history writing, and literary journalism, he works with social science academics from the Global South seeking publication in First World-based international venues.

Artemio Rodriguez was born in Tacambaro, Michoacan, Mexico in 1972. His work has been featured in galleries in the United States and Mexico. He has also illustrated and published several books including The King of Things/El Rey de las Cosas, Lotería Cards and Fortune Poems Poems and American Dream.

Kris Saknussemm is author of the novels Zanesville and Private Midnight. Del Rey Books will bring out his third novel, Enigmatic Pilot, in the spring.

Ryan Shoemaker’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in the The MacGuffin, Grist, and Dialogue, where he won the 2008 Best in Fiction Award. Recently, he received Second Prize in the 2010 USC Edward W. Moses Graduate Creative Writing Competition. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Southern California, and lives in Burbank with his wife and two children. An earlier version of “Beyond the Lights,” titled “Bing,” first appeared in the winter 2010 issue of Irreantum.

Lorene Sun is from the L.A. Harbor area.  She holds a B.A. in English from USC. She currently attends the MFA Program in Writing at UCSD. She is working on more Angela stories and a fairytale novel. This is her first publication.

Robley Wilson’s most recent novel is The World Still Melting (St. Martin’s). New short fiction is forthcoming in The Hopkins Review and Aethlon. He lives in Florida with his wife, novelist Susan Hubbard.

Dwight Yates’ two short story collections are Haywire Hearts and Slide Trombones and Bring Everybody.

Olga Zilberbourg is a writer traveling between San Francisco, California, and St. Petersburg, Russia. In September 2010, her second Russian-language collection of stories was published by St. Petersburg-based Limbus Press. In English, stories have appeared in Narrative Magazine, Alligator Juniper, J Journal, Marco Polo Quarterly, and other publications. She is an associate editor at Narrative Magazine, responsible for the Story of the Week and First and Second Looks columns. Zilberbourg is also a regular at the San Francisco Writers Workshop with Tamim Ansary.

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