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CONTACT: Bruce Smith
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(310) 434-4209
DATE: Oct. 10, 2003

Latest Issue Features So Cal Creative Writing Students, Teachers
(Copies of the Fall issue of Santa Monica Review are available on request.)

     Santa Monica College announces the release of the fall edition of the Santa Monica Review, its acclaimed biannual national literary arts journal that showcases the voices of both established authors and emerging writers.

     “The newest issue includes short stories by a handful of terrific authors who also happen to be writing teachers, as well as current students of creative writing, some from area schools,” said Andrew Tonkovich, Santa Monica Review editor.

     “This was purely by accident,” he said. “It was only after putting together the issue that I realized I’d located students and teachers from college and university workshops. While a lot of editors complain about a uniformity of writing from creative writing programs, I was impressed with the quality and range of writing – voice, style, topic, humor – shown by the writers.”

     Among the 10 pieces in the issue are short stories by Benjamin Weissman (Dear Dead Person), who teaches at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and Katherine Haake (No Reason on Earth), an instructor at California State University at Northridge. John Mandel, who debuts work in this issue, teaches at California Institute of the Arts. Novelists Janet Kauffman (Rot) teaches at Eastern Michigan University and Gary Fincke (Writing Letters for the Blind) is the Writers’ Institute Director at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania.

     The issue includes a further installment of former Peace Corps worker Eran Williams’ Africa memoirs and another in Elizabeth Losh’s series of fictional stories considering human bodily fluids. Losh directs the Humanities Core Program at the University of California at Irvine, and Williams is an MFA creative writing candidate at San Jose State University.

     Two local student writers are showcased: Sarah Winterfield of Santa Monica College, and Lindsay Fitz-Gerald from UC Irvine’s esteemed MFA Creative Writing program.

     Additional work by Alisa Slaughter, who teaches at the University of Redlands, and a 9-11 recollection by Elizabeth Kadetsky of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, make for what Tonkovich calls “an eclectic and challenging issue by serious writers, new and established.”

     The cover art is by San Francisco Bay-area illustrator and painter Jon Chester, who is also an art teacher.
Founded by SMC English instructor Jim Krusoe (Blood Lake, Iceland), the Review has presented readers experimental, thoughtful, and funny works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, interviews, and essays including works by well-known authors such as Harold Pinter, Gary Soto, Lynn Freed, and Alan Cheuse. In its 15 years of publication, SMR has achieved a reputation as one of the West Coast’s leading journals.

     This issue is available for sale at the SMC Bookstore, Dutton’s Brentwood, Beyond Baroque in Venice, and other Los Angeles-area booksellers. Copies are also available by mail and by subscription through Santa Monica Review, Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405. Copies are $7 per issue or $12 for a one-year subscription. Submissions may be made to the same address. For information go to

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