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The Spring 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. Founded by novelist and SMC English instructor Jim Krusoe (Blood Lake, Toward You), the Review has presented readers experimental, thoughtful, and funny fiction and nonfiction—including essays and short stories by Gary Amdahl, Michelle Latiolais, and Diane Lefer—in 20 years of publication, and is considered a leading West Coast journal. Recent work has been selected for the annual Best American Short Stories and PEN/O. Henry anthologies.
The Spring 2013 issue, edited by Andrew Tonkovich, features a complete novella by veteran fiction writer and Robley Wilson (Who Will Hear Your Secrets?). Other contributors include short story prizewinner Don Waters (Desert Gothic), poet and YA author Michael Cadnum (Seize the Storm) and past contributor Joseph O’Malley. Alice Stern offers a story of magical memory, and Benjamin Solomon complicates the circumstances of a lonely, lying tourist. Southern California writer Lisa Alvarez (Sudden Fiction Latino), offers a funny if darkly melancholy fable about an all-too-familiar-seeming big city mayor’s foolish effort to talk a legendary folksinger activist out of a tree meant to be bulldozed at a celebrated, doomed community farm.
Editor Tonkovich notes the paucity of journals printing novellas, and is pleased to include SMR among those few lit mags with “nothing to lose” by making a place for this cherished art form, and only the gratitude of readers, subscribers and writers themselves to achieve. With its niche focus on prose – short and long - Santa Monica Review can, he says, print work others might not. And he points to recent publication of story collections and novels by many Review past contributors.
Spring 2013 cover art: Christopher Hutchinson.
The fall issue appears in September.
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Complete contents of the Spring 2013 issue:
Lisa Alvarez –
The Mayor and the Folksinger
Lisa Alvarez is a professor of English at Irvine Valley College and co-directs the Writers’ Workshops at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. Her stories and essays have appeared most recently in Faultline, American Book Review, Green Mountains Review, and in the anthology Sudden Fiction Latino: Short-Short Stories from the United States and Latin America (Norton). Her short story “Ocean Park #12” appeared in SMR’s twentieth anniversary edition, Spring 2008.
Michael Cadnum is a frequent contributor to SMR. He is a much-printed poet and novelist, author most recently of the novel Seize the Storm.
Christopher Hutchinson is an artist and activist from Hartford, Connecticut. His artwork flows from experiences organizing in the anti-war, immigrant rights, and Palestine solidarity movements. His illustrations, executed in a photo-montage and collage style, have been featured in a number of publications, including Film International and the new book Robin Hood: People’s Outlaw and Forest Hero.
Joseph O’Malley was born and raised in Detroit, and currently lives in Manhattan. His fiction has appeared in many journals, including SMR, Spring 2006. He has stories forthcoming in Cimarron Review, Glimmer Train, and A Public Space.
Benjamin Solomon has recent work in One Story, Diagram, The Southeast Review, and A Bad Penny Review. He is a founding editor of The Open Face Sandwich.
Alice Stern is a writer and violinist living and teaching in upstate New York. Her stories have been published in many journals, including The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Roanoke Review, and The Louisville Review.
Don Waters is the author of the story collection Desert Gothic. A previous story appeared in SMR, Spring 2007.
Robley Wilson’s sixth story collection is Who Will Hear Your Secrets? Other newer stories are in Saw Palm and The Hopkins Review. He and his wife, novelist Susan Hubbard, divide their writing time between Orlando and Cape Canaveral, Florida. His most recent previous contribution to SMR appeared in the Spring 2011 issue of the magazine.
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