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Complete contents of the Spring 2019 issue

Vicki Forman – The List from Freedom Baby
James Warner – Shots of Water Are Free
Erik Rangno – Twenty-First-Century Love
Kareem Tayyar – The Revolution of Heavenly Bodies
Marilyn Manolakas – The Source
Suzanne Greenberg – Come See Us Again
Erica Lansdown – Firefly
Matt Greene – Emil Cioran at the State Fair
Erik Kongshaug – Skyjacked
Geoff Wyss – Boss Battles
Gary Amdahl – The Magic Window


Gary Amdahl’s recent work includes the novel The Daredevils, the essay “Much Ado about Everything: Oration on the Dignity of the Novelist,” and the play Far from Heaven, Safe from Hell: the Tale of the Cordwainer’s Son Christopher Marvelowe of Canterbury Cambridge and the Clink, a finalist at the O’Neill New Play Conference. He was recently ousted in a power play from a cushy position as a temp in the Creative Writing department at the University of Redlands, but lived to sell a screenplay about it: A Heap of Gold — a reference to a line from Krishna’s advice to Arjuna in which the god advises the warrior who has lost his nerve to see the heap of gold and the mound of shit as one.

Vicki Forman is the author of This Lovely Life: A Memoir of Premature Motherhood (Houghton Mifflin/Mariner Books), winner of the PEN Center Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Bakeless Prize. Her work has appeared in the Seneca Review and the Santa Monica Review as well as the anthologies Love You to Pieces: Creative Writers on Raising a Child With Special Needs and Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined. “The List” is an excerpt from her novel-in-progress, Freedom Baby, portions of which have previously been featured in the Santa Monica Review.

Carole Gelker, who is also a psychoanalyst, uses printmaking to tell stories about her own life experiences, the powerful feelings and fantasies of children, and complex personal relationships. Her style is expressive. She uses linocuts, drypoint, carborundum, and monoprints to bring her artist’s aesthetic to life. The physical methods of printmaking, like carving, scratching, sanding, rubbing, and wiping, lend themselves to the intensity of feeling expressed in her work. She is influenced by fairy tales, the German Expressionists, and the female artists Kiki Smith and Louise Bourgeois.

Suzanne Greenberg’s recent publications include stories in LA Fiction Anthology, the Santa Monica Review, and the Mississippi Review 30 Year Anthology. Her novel Lesson Plans was chosen as a Library Journal Editor’s Pick, and her short story collection, Speed-Walk and Other Stories, won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Greenberg teaches creative writing at California State University, Long Beach, where she’s a professor of English.

Matt Greene is a graduate of the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands. He holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University. This is his first published story.

Erik Kongshaug has published fiction previously in the Santa Monica Review, literary biography for Gale Publications, and a novel called The Path with Blinking Yellow Books. His stories have been recognized recently in Glimmer Train. He is the erstwhile Editor of Random Lengths News, a forty-year-old muckraking biweekly in the LA Harbor Area. Currently, he’s working on a novel set within the sensibilities of 1980s white-liberal segregation.

Erica Lansdown is a Senior Librarian at the Long Beach Public Library. She has attended the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley on scholarship and was selected by Richard Bausch as a member of his 2018 Chapman University Fiction Writing Workshop. A long-time student of Jim Krusoe, she is working on what she hopes, after eight years, is close to a final draft of a novel. She lives in Long Beach and Wrightwood, California.

Marilyn Manolakas is a writer who lives in California. Her short fiction has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review and Pembroke Magazine.

Erik Rangno teaches in the English department at Orange Coast College, where he is currently editor of the Orange Coast Review.

Kareem Tayyar’s novel, The Prince of Orange County (Pelekinesis), was released in 2018, and his new collection of poems, Immigrant Songs (Word Tech Communications), will be published in 2019. Previous books include Scenes From a Good Life (Tebot Bach, 2009), In the Footsteps of the Silver King (Spout Hill, 2012), and Magic Carpet Poems (Tebot Bach, 2015). A Professor of English at Golden West College, he holds a Ph.D. in American Literature and Poetry from UC Riverside, and is a recipient of a 2019 Wurlitzer Fellowship in Poetry.

Andrew Tonkovich edits the Santa Monica Review and hosts Bibliocracy, a weekly literary arts show on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK (90.7 FM) in Southern California, also available as a podcast.

James Warner’s stories have appeared most recently in Rivet Journal, Georgia Review, Interzone, EPOCH, and Ninth Letter. He co-moderates the San Francisco Writers Workshop, organizes the San Francisco Lit Crawl on behalf of the Litquake festival, and is a frequent contributor to the Santa Monica Review.

Geoff Wyss’s book of stories, How, won the Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction. His fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, Image, Ecotone, Tin House, and others, and has been reprinted in New Stories from the South and the Bedford Introduction to Literature. He teaches and lives in New Orleans.

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