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CONTACT: Bruce Smith
Public Information Officer
(310) 434-4209
DATE: Oct. 3, 2006


(Copies of the Review are available on request.)

The just-released fall issue of Santa Monica College’s acclaimed Santa Monica Review, its national literary arts journal, will be celebrated through readings in Orange County and Los Angeles, beginning Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Scheduled are readings, all free, by some of the contributors to the semi-annual journal:

• Michelle Latiolais, Jonathan Cohen and Vicki Forman will read at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 in the University of California, Irvine Bookstore, located in the UCI Student Center at the corner of West Peltason Drive and Pereira Drive. Call (949) 824-2665.

• Colin Dickey, George Ducker and Forman will be appearing at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Call (310) 822-3006 or visit the website.

• Dickey, Ducker and Forman will again be featured at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17 at Dutton’s Brentwood Bookstore, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles. Call (310) 476-6263 or visit the website.

The fall issue, edited by Andrew Tonkovich, presents its usual mix of cutting-edge short stories and essays. It includes a moving personal essay by Forman from her memoir-in-progress,
The Preemie Cantos, on the births of her severely disabled children.

It also features a long short story by novelist Chris Mazza
(Disability) about a life measured by the wins and losses of the San Diego Padres. Additional work comes from Gregory Spatz (Fiddler’s Dream), Peter La Salle (The Graves of Famous Writers) and Leslie Daniels, editor of the Green Mountain Review, with short stories by frequent contributors Kenneth Calhoun, winner of the 2005 Italo Calvino Prize, and Orange County writer and editor Jonathan Cohen.

The issue begins with an ironic noir-style story by first-time-in-print L.A. writer George Ducker. Short fiction by Cal State Northridge MFA student Kenneth Siewert also marks his first publication in a national literary magazine.

“The Santa Monica Review receives thousands of submissions, and we set the bar high,” Tonkovich says. “I’m pretty picky, so featuring work by beginning writers makes me feel lucky. I am happy to show it off, and readers should expect more good things from first-timers.”

Novelist Stephanie Dickinson (Half Girl) speaks in the voice of a hip, street-smart teenage girl in her highly stylized “Port Authority Orchids.” Jenn Scott’s short story “Care” is about a road-trip journey by two mildly desperate friends, both teachers, looking for love and family.

Los Angeles area writer Dickey presents the story of a deeply wounded Iraq war vet and the woman who tries to care for him. The story starts with the crash of a military transport helicopter right across the street from their home.

“I am especially pleased to present work that comments on the world around us just now,” says Tonkovich. “The war, of course, but also fiction and essays which seem to speak about and update universal themes in language that is immediate and urgent and startling.”

The issue’s cover features an illustration by Deborah Davidson, who chairs the Art Department at Fullerton College.

Santa Monica Review is available for sale online and at the SMC Bookstore, Dutton’s Brentwood, Beyond Baroque in Venice, and other area booksellers. Copies are also available by mail and by subscription through Santa Monica Review, Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica 90405.

The publication is available for $7 per issue or $12 for the two issues each year.
For information, including reading events, past issues, links, and recommended reading, please visit our website or call (310) 434-3597.

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