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The Fall 2014 issue of Santa Monica Review is available now.

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SMC’s national literary arts journal, published twice yearly, showcases the works of established authors alongside emerging writers. Founded by novelist and SMC English instructor Jim Krusoe (Blood Lake, Toward You), the Review has presented readers experimental, thoughtful, and funny works of fiction and nonfiction–including essays and short stories by Gary Amdahl (Across My Big Brass Bed), Michelle Latiolais (Widow), and Diane Lefer (California Transit)–during 25 years of publication, and is considered a leading West Coast journal. Recent work has been selected for the Best American Short Stories and PEN/O. Henry anthologies.

The Fall 2014 issue, edited by Andrew Tonkovich, features new work, short and long, from new and frequent favorite contributors. Southern California writer Victoria Patterson (This Vacant Paradise, Drift), novelists Varley O’Connor (The Master’s Muse) and Rhoda Huffey (The Hallelujah Side), and SMR veteran Janice Shapiro (Bummer) provoke readers in stories of domestic un-bliss. SMC writing workshop alum Sandy Yang appears once again, with a Southland story of a young reporter-intern confronting her own inexperience and the weird blanket of violence that is war. LA short story writer Jeffrey Moskowitz meditates on the perils of fatherhood, Patty Houston charts a father’s passing, short story master Gary Fincke (How Blasphemy Sounds to God) does a number on race hatred and newbie Coby Hoffman presents the LA riots in both comic and tragic shenanigans. Comic wordsmith Andrew Nicholls invents wildly, Sommer Schafer tells a variety of love story, and Kerri Quinn connects the old and the young in a domestic autobiography of loss and redemption.

“In twelve short stories,” says Tonkovich, “this issue seems to illuminate, argue with and generally rearrange our moment in time. There are religious fundamentalists and punk rock slackers and lots of dying parents. As usual, the beauty is all in the telling, in individual voice, language, story and a keen attention to detail. I’m lucky to be able to pick some of the best and share them with our readers.”

Fall 2014 cover art is by illustrator and comics artist Gabriel Zacuto.

The Spring 2015 issue is out in April.

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Complete contents of the Fall 2014 issue:

Victoria Patterson We Know Things
Sandy Yang Soldier
Gary Fincke Filthy
Andrew Nicholls A Who-You-Are Machine
Varley O’Connor Shot World
Sommer Schafer Stress Test
Patty Houston George Bridgewell, 1969
Jeffrey Moskowitz Faster Than Sound
Coby Hoffman Cookie Bitch
Rhoda Huffey Thief
Kerri Quinn Like Rain
Janice Shapiro Divided by Three


Coby Hoffman’s first short story collection, Desert Stories, was published by SFSU Press. Stories from her new collection, Cookie Bitch and Other Stories, have been published or are forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Cimarron Review, North Dakota Review, New Delta Review, Apalachee Review, and Chicago Quarterly Review. She is originally from Huntington Beach and L.A.

Rhoda Huffey is the author of the novel The Hallelujah Side, and has published short fiction in SMR, Tin House, Ploughshares, Green Mountains Review, and Rattling Wall. She lives in Venice Beach, California.

Gary Fincke’s most recent book is the novel How Blasphemy Sounds to God (Braddock Avenue Books, 2014). West Virginia University published his collection of stories, The Proper Words for Sin in 2013. He is the Charles Degenstein Professor of Creative Writing at Susquehanna University.

Patty Houston teaches creative writing and composition at the University of Cincinnati. Recently, her work has appeared in The Louisville Review, Oxford American, The Fiddlehead, Witness, Greensboro Review, and other journals. Her novel A Short Family History and her short story collection Wakigatame are in search of good homes. She is at work on a second novel.

Jeffrey Moskowitz attended local schools in Rosemead, California and now lives in Los Angeles.

Andrew Nicholls began writing for radio and TV in Ontario, Canada. In his twenties he staffed NBC’s Tonight Show for six years, four of them as Johnny Carson’s head writer. His short fiction has appeared in Kugelmass, Black Clock, New World Writing, Literature for Life, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. A recent short story appears in SMR, Fall 2013.

Varley O’Connor is the author of four novels, most recently The Master’s Muse, from Scribner. Her shorter prose has appeared in AWP Writer’s Chronicle, The Sun, Faultline: Journal of Art and Literature, Driftwood, and The MacGuffin. She is an associate professor of English at Kent State University and serves on the faculty of the Northeast Ohio Consortium MFA program. In winter 2015, she will be visiting fiction writer at the Programs in Writing, University of California Irvine.

Victoria Patterson’s forthcoming novel arrives soon from Counterpoint Press. She is the author of the previous novels The Peerless Four and This Vacant Paradise, a 2011 New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Her story collection, Drift, was a finalist for the California Book Award, the 2009 Story Prize, and was selected as one of the best books of 2009 by The San Francisco Chronicle. She lives with her family in Southern California and teaches at Antioch University’s Master of Fine Arts program.

Kerri Quinn is a writer and playwright, who is currently plotting to move to New York.

Sommer Schafer received her MFA from San Francisco State University in 2013. You can read some of her other fiction currently and forthcoming in Glimmer Train, A Bad Penny Review, Barge Journal, Eleven Eleven, kill author, Room and Fiction 365.

Janice Shapiro is a writer and graphic memoirist and longtime contributor to SMR. She is the author of Bummer and Other Stories from Soft Skull Press. She lives in Brooklyn.

Andrew Tonkovich edits SMR and hosts the weekly literary arts radio program Bibliocracy on Pacifica’s KPFK 90.7 FM in Southern California. Recent fiction, nonfiction, and reviews appear in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Orange County Register, Connotation Press, Faultline, and Astoria to Zion: Twenty-Six Stories of Risk and Abandon from Ecotone’s First Decade.

Sandy Yang is a Los Angeles-based writer whose fiction has previously appeared in SMR, as well as The Los Angeles Review, Flyway, Monkeybicycle and elsewhere. Her work will be performed in the New Short Fiction Series in 2015. She holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Arizona. Visit her at

Gabriel Zacuto lives in Orange, California with his beautiful wife and daughter. Please visit to see more of his art and comics.

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