NEWSANTA MONICA REVIEW ISSUE TO BE CELEBRATED
(Copies of the Review are available on request.)
Scheduled are readings, all free, by some of the contributors to the semi-annual journal:
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.
is available for $7 per issue or $12 for the two issues each year.
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