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The Fall 2013 issue of Santa Monica Review is available now.
SMC’s national literary arts journal, published twice yearly, showcases the work of established authors alongside emerging writers, with an emphasis on West Coast creative writing. Founded by novelist and SMC English instructor Jim Krusoe (Blood Lake, Parsifal), the Review has presented readers experimental, thoughtful, and funny works of fiction and nonfiction—including essays and short stories by Gary Amdahl, Karl Taro Greenfeld and Diane Lefer—in 25 years of publication, and is considered a leading American journal. Recent work has been selected for the annual Best American Short Stories and PEN/O. Henry anthologies.
The Fall 2013 issue, edited by Andrew Tonkovich, features work by both new and previous contributors, including novelists and short story writers Michelle Latiolais (Widow), Ron Carlson (The Signal) Dylan Landis (Normal People Don’t Live Like This), and David Kranes (The Legend’s Daughter). Included is a short story by Santa Monica College creative writing student Grace Singh Smith - her first time in print – and workshop alum Alex R. Jones.
Funny and wise experimental writing comes from Rich Ives (Tunneling to the Moon), and the wildly creative duo of Ryan Ridge and Mel Bosworth. All-around genius Andrew Nicholls (“The Tonight Show,” “Jimmy Neutron”) offers a coming of age story, and Los Angeles Review of Books founder-editor Tom Lutz shares a personal travel essay. Marilyn Abildskov (The Men in My Country) and Linda Rui Feng explore and rewrite memory, and poet-memoirist Christopher Buckley (Varieties of Religious Experience) sets it straight. Prizewinning short fiction writer Geoff Wyss (How) and graphic novelist Jeffrey Chapman take readers on serious romps.
Editor Tonkovich calls this a “two-fer” issue, with two stories each from Latiolais, who teaches at UC Irvine, novelist Barry Gifford (Night People), and funny-political provocateur g.c. cunningham. He points to the issue’s diversity of themes and contributors, with plenty of short provocative pieces along with traditional literary fiction from a terrifically representative line-up in terms of experience, background and taste.
“I didn’t realize how gorgeously nutty, abundant and eclectic this issue was until I reviewed contributors’ bios. We’ve got a real mix in 20 stories and essays, all eager to please. There’s something for everybody, and more.”
Fall 2013 cover art: Andrea Bowers.
The spring issue appears in March.
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Complete contents of the Fall 2013 issue:
David Kranes –
The Burning Lake
Marilyn Abildskov is the author of the memoir The Men in My Country. Her work has appeared recently in such journals as Southern Humanities Review, The Pinch, The Sun, and AGNI. She teaches in the MFA Program at Saint Mary’s College of California.
Mel Bosworth is the author of the novel Freight. His work has appeared in Melville House, New World Writing, and PANK, among others. Mel is an associate series editor for the Wigleaf Top 50 and the curator of The Small Press Book Review. Visit him at www.melbosworth.com.
Andrea Bowers is a Los Angeles-based multimedia artist whose work explores the intersection between activism and art. Her main focus is the necessity of nonviolent protest and civil disobedience in the lives of women. Bowers’ recent work investigates the continued exploitation of the poor and working class. Her intricate photorealist drawings, large-scale graphic works, videos and ephemera pay homage to a multitude of movements and causes. Andrea Bowers recently caused a controversy when she sided with union contractors demanding fair wages at the New York Frieze Art Fair, bringing the demands of the union onto the floor of the fair.
Christopher Buckley’s nineteenth book of poetry, Varieties of Religious Experience, is published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press. With Gary Young he has edited One for the Money: The Sentence as a Poetic Form. His books of creative nonfiction are Cruising State, Sleep Walk, and Holy Days of Obligation from Lynx House Press, 2014. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry for 2007-2008, has received two NEA grants and a Fulbright Award in Creative Writing, and four Pushcart Prizes, and was awarded the James Dickey Prize for 2008 from Five Points Magazine and the William Stafford Prize in Poetry for 2012 from Rosebud, and he is the 2013 winner of the Campbell Corner Poetry Contest.
Ron Carlson’s newest book is Return to Oakpine. He is the author of prizewinning short stories and a collection of poetry, in addition to the novels Five Skies and The Signal. His work has been featured in Esquire, Harper’s and The New Yorker, as well as widely anthologized and celebrated in countless “best of” collections. He has received numerous honors and awards, including the NEA Fellowship in Fiction, a National Society of Arts and Letters Literature Award, and the 1993 Ploughshares Cohen Prize. He co-directs the Programs in Writing at the University of California, Irvine.
Jeffrey S. Chapman is a professor of creative writing at Oakland University, just north of Detroit. Currently he is at work writing and illustrating a graphic novel about the Roman poet Ovid. He received his Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Utah. He has published fiction and graphic stories in journals including The Florida Review, Cutbank, and Fiction International.
g c cunningham, a UCLA graduate, lives in Los Angeles, sometimes working in film post-production, other times in Birmingham, Alabama, his state of origin. Fiction has been printed in Bat City Review, Cutbank, Denver Quarterly, Fiction International, Portland Review, Texas Review, and Western Humanities Review. Google the writer for selections online at Eclectica, Fringe, Potomac Review, and McSweeney’s. “My First Marine Corps Essay” won second place in Fringe’s 2012 flash fiction contest, judged by Steve Almond.
Linda Rui Feng was born in Shanghai and holds degrees in Chinese literature and geochemistry. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in The Saint Ann’s Review, Nimrod, Green Mountains Review, and Salamander. She teaches at the University of Toronto, and is finishing a novel about music, migration, and Mao.
Barry Gifford’s fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have been published in twenty-eight languages. His novel Night People was awarded the Premio Brancati, established by Pier Paolo Pasolini and Alberto Moravia, in Italy, and he has been the recipient of awards from PEN, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Library Association, the Writers Guild of America, and the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. His books Sailor’s Holiday and The Phantom Father were each named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times, and his book Wyoming was named a Novel of the Year by the Los Angeles Times. He has written librettos for operas by the composers Toru Takemitsu, Ichiro Nodaira, and Olga Neuwirth. Gifford’s work has appeared in many publications, including The New Yorker, Punch, Esquire, La Nouvelle Revue Française, El País, La Repubblica, Rolling Stone, Brick, Film Comment, El Universal, Projections, and The New York Times. His film credits include Wild at Heart, Perdita Durango, Lost Highway, City of Ghosts, Ball Lightning, and The Phantom Father. Barry Gifford’s most recent books are Sailor & Lula: The Complete Novels, The Roy Stories, and Sad Stories of the Death of Kings, and Imagining Paradise: New & Selected Poems. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information visit www.BarryGifford.com.
J. P. Gritton received his MFA in fiction at Johns Hopkins University. His fiction has appeared in the journals Black Warrior Review, Harpur Palate, Juked, and Thieves Jargon.
Rich Ives has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Trust, Seattle Arts Commission, and the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines for his work in poetry, fiction, editing, publishing, translation, and photography. His writing has appeared in Verse, North American Review, Dublin Quarterly, Massachusetts Review, Northwest Review, Quarterly West, Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, Virginia Quarterly Review, Fiction Daily, and many more. He is the 2009 winner of the Francis Locke Memorial Poetry Award from Bitter Oleander. In 2011 he received a nomination for The Best of the Web and two nominations for both the Pushcart Prize and The Best of the Net. He is the 2012 winner of the Creative Nonfiction Prize from Thin Air magazine. His book of days, Tunneling to the Moon, is currently being serialized, with a work per day appearing for all of 2013 at silencedpress.com.
Alex R. Jones grew up in Ventura County, California, and now lives in Los Angeles. His essays and stories have appeared in the Harvard Review, The Gettysburg Review, Fourth Genre, The South Carolina Review, SMR, and other places.
David Kranes is a writer of seven novels and three volumes of short stories—most recently, (novel) Making the Ghost Dance (2005) and (stories) The Legend’s Daughter (2013). His 2001 novel, The National Tree, was made into a film by Hallmark, which aired in November 2009. His short fiction (appearing in such magazines as Esquire, Ploughshares, and Transatlantic Review) has won literary prizes and has been anthologized. Over forty of his plays have been performed in New York and across the U.S. (in theaters such as The Actors’ Theater of Louisville, The Mark Taper Forum, Manhattan Theater Club, and Cincinatti’s Playhouse in the Park), and his Selected Plays was published in 2010. He has written for radio and film, and for dance companies. The opera Orpheus Lex, for which he wrote the libretto, was performed at New York City’s Symphony Space in February 2010. In his second (or is it third?) life, Mr. Kranes travels and consults in the casino industry. “The Burning Lake” is one of the stories included in the recent collection The Legend’s Daughter.
Dylan Landis is the author of Rainey Royal (forthcoming from Soho Press), from which “Fly or Die” is excerpted, and Normal People Don’t Live Like This (Persea Books), a linked-story collection that made Newsday’s Ten Best Books of 2009. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Prose and lives in New York. Previous stories have appeared in SMR.
Michelle Latiolais is a frequent contributor to SMR. She is the author, most recently, of Widow, featured on The New York Times’ Editors’ Choice list. Other novels include A Proper Knowledge and Even Now, Gold Medal for Fiction winner from the Commonwealth Club of California. Her writing is included in three anthologies, Absolute Disasters, Women On The Edge: Writing From Los Angeles and Woof! Writers on Dogs. Stories and essays have appeared in Zyzzyva, The Antioch Review, Western Humanities Review, the Iowa Review and the Northwest Review. She is the co-director of the Programs in Writing at the University of California, Irvine.
Tom Lutz writes and teaches, and edits Los Angeles Review of Books.
Andrew Nicholls and his creative partner Darrell Vickers began writing for radio, stage, syndicated cartoonists, and TV while still in high school in Ontario, Canada. They staffed The Tonight Show for six years, four of them as Johnny Carson’s head writers, and have since created or staffed dozens of sitcoms and children’s series in Canada, the U.S., and abroad. Nicholls has a 2005 memoir, Valuable Lessons, about failed television. He has recent short fiction in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Black Clock, Kugelmass, Literature for Life, and Los Angeles Review of Books.
Ryan Ridge is the author of the story collection Hunters & Gamblers, the poetry collection Ox, as well as the chapbooks Hey, It’s America and 22nd Century Man. A fiction editor at Juked, he lives in Long Beach and teaches at the University of California, Irvine. Read more from/about him at www.ryanridge.com .
Grace Singh Smith grew up in northeast India, where she worked freelance as a news magazine TV program anchor, travel writer, and photojournalist for three regional news magazines. She now lives in Santa Monica, working at Santa Monica College and teaching photojournalism to young adults in the Los Angeles area and Santa Monica. She is working on a novel.
Andrew Tonkovich has edited SMR since 1999. He hosts “Bibliocracy,” a weekly literary arts program on Pacifica Radio station KPFK 90.7 FM in Southern California and posts reviews at the “OC Bookly” blog of the Orange County Weekly. A short story which originally appeared in Ecotone is included in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013.
Geoff Wyss’s collection of stories How won the Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction and was published in 2012. His fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, Image, Ecotone, and Tin House and has been reprinted in New Stories from the South and the Bedford Introduction to Literature. He lives in New Orleans.
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