The Fall 2017 edition of the Santa Monica Review is coming soon.

SMC’s national literary arts journal, published twice yearly, showcases the work of established authors alongside emerging writers, with a focus on West Coast fiction and nonfiction. Founded by novelist and SMC English instructor Jim Krusoe (The Sleep Garden), the Review has presented readers experimental, thoughtful, and funny original writing—including essays and short stories by Gary Amdahl, Michelle Latiolais, Janice Shapiro, and Diane Lefer—in 25 years of publication, and is a celebrated national magazine. Recent work appears in the annual Pushcart Prize, Best American Short Stories, and PEN/O. Henry anthologies.

The Fall 2017 issue, edited by Andrew Tonkovich, features 11 pieces, including work from Richard Wirick (Kicking In), Suzanne Greenberg (Lesson Plans), James Warner (All Her Father’s Guns), and Ashley Farmer (The Women). SoCal writers Nathalie Kramer and Ryan Shoemaker offer memoir-based fiction. The issue includes another in their collaborative series from co-writers Ryan Ridge (American Homes) and partner Mel Bosworth (Every Laundromat in the World), and work from novelist, short story writer, and musician Gregory Spatz (Half as Happy). UC Irvine creative writing grad Brendan Park returns with a novel excerpt, and SMC fiction workshop alumna Inna Effress appears for her first time in print. The issue concludes with a poignant meditation by teacher and writer Judith Grossman (How Aliens Think).

This volume features lots of autobiographically-informed writing, however stylistically reinterpreted, with wildly imaginative work from many perspectives, real or contrived. The Fall 2017 issue of SMR offers readers a survey of some of the best, if most idiosyncratic writing from a diverse range of writers whose work you should know!

Fall 2017 cover art by Southern California artist-activist Andrea Bowers.

Santa Monica Review is sold at the SMR website, SMC Bookstore, Beyond Baroque and Small World Books in Venice, and other local booksellers. Copies may also be ordered by mail and subscription. For more information, visit our website and “Like” us on Facebook.


Complete contents of the Fall 2017 issue:

Suzanne Greenberg – Missing
Ryan Ridge & Mel Bosworth – Weird Week from Weird Year
Brendan Park – from The Asylumite Lenore
Ryan Shoemaker – The Cat’s Paw
Gregory Spatz – The Five
James Warner – Bellacqua, or the Establishment
Richard Wirick – Ophelia
Nathalie Kramer – Lucky
Ashley Farmer – Endless Night
Inna Effress – A Blind Cupping
Judith Grossman – Real Estate, A Romance of


Mel Bosworth is the author of the novel Freight, the poetry chapbook Every Laundromat in the World, and co-author with Ryan Ridge of the forthcoming collection Second Acts. His work has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Tin House, Per Contra, New World Writing, Melville House, American Book Review, and elsewhere. A former series editor for the Wigleaf Top 50 and associate editor for The Best Small Fictions, Mel is the creator and curator of the Small Press Book Review. He lives in Western Massachusetts.

Andrea Bowers (cover artist) is an acclaimed Los Angeles multimedia artist whose much-exhibited 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’s 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, particularly feminism, climate justice, immigrant rights, and workers’ rights. She is a proud member of SEIU Local 721 and currently a member of the Bargaining Committee for the Otis College of Art and Design Part-time Faculty Union. She has taught in the Otis Graduate Public Practice Program since 2007.

Inna Effress is a former speechwriter who emigrated from Ukraine as a child. Her fiction appears in The Wrong and is forthcoming in Nightscript. She writes in Los Angeles.

Ashley Farmer is the author of three books: The Women, The Farmacist (named by Roxane Gay as a “2016 book you should check out”) and Beside Myself (one of Buzzfeed’s “Highly Anticipated Books from Small Presses”). Her work can be found in places like Flaunt, Nerve, Santa Monica Review, Faultline, Gigantic, The Progressive, The Collagist, and elsewhere. A former editor at Atomica Magazine and Salt Hill Journal, she currently serves as an editor for Juked. Ashley lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, writer Ryan Ridge.

Suzanne Greenberg’s novel Lesson Plans was chosen as a Library Journal Editor’s Pick. Her collection, Speed-Walk and Other Stories, won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Most recently, her fiction has appeared in LA Fiction Anthology, Mississippi Review and West Branch. She teaches creative writing at California State University, Long Beach, where she’s a professor of English. For more information, visit her website,

Judith Grossman is the author of Her Own Terms, a novel, and How Aliens Think, stories. She is a retired teacher and caregiver, resident of Massachusetts but always nostalgic for SoCal. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Santa Monica Review, Ploughshares, Yale Review, Georgia Review, and elsewhere.

Nathalie Kramer was born in Paris and grew up in France and California. Her stories have been Finalist in Glimmer Train’s New Writers Award and short-listed for the Disquiet Literary Prize. She recently won a Fellowship with Writing by Writers and published her story “Neige” in Faultline Journal of Arts and Letters.

Brendan Park is a graduate of the MFA program in Fiction at University of California, Irvine. His short fiction has been published in Fairy Tale Review, previously in Santa Monica Review, and The Masters Review, and his nonfiction has been featured in the Random House anthology Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers. He lives in Irvine, California, where he teaches writing.

Ryan Ridge is the author of four books, including American Homes (University of Michigan Press, 2015), which was the Michigan Library Publishing Club’s inaugural book club pick. His fiction and essays have appeared in Santa Monica Review, Mississippi Review, Potomac Review, Los Angeles Review, Lumina, NERVE, DIAGRAM, Passages North, Salt Hill, and elsewhere. Ridge received the 2016 Italo Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction judged by Jonathan Lethem. An assistant professor at Weber State University, he edits the literary magazine Juked and lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is married to writer Ashley Farmer.

Ryan Shoemaker’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Gulf Stream, Santa Monica Review, Booth, Word Riot, and The Fiction Desk (UK), among others. Recently, his story collection Beyond the Lights was a semifinalist for the St. Lawrence Book Award. The collection is forthcoming from No Record Press. Ryan lives in Burbank, California.

Gregory Spatz’s most recent book publications are the novel Inukshuk and short story collection Half as Happy. His short stories have appeared in the The New England Review, Glimmer Train Stories, Kenyon Review, Epoch, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. Recipient of a 2012 NEA Literature Fellowship, he teaches in and directs the MFA program at Eastern Washington University.

Andrew Tonkovich edits Santa Monica Review and hosts Bibliocracy Radio, a weekly books show on KPFK (90.7 FM in Southern California) and available as a podcast. Recent guests have included short story writers Melissa Yancy and Don Waters, poet Paul J. Willis and media critic Brooke Gladstone. He teaches writing at UC Irvine, and co-edited with Lisa Alvarez the first-ever anthology of literary Orange County.

James Warner’s stories have appeared most recently in Smokelong Quarterly, Crimespree Magazine, and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. He is also the author of the novel All Her Father’s Guns, from Numina Press. “Bellacqua, or the Establishment,” is part of a series of stories starring darkly alienated, angst-ridden detectives who also happen to be cats.

Richard Wirick is the author of the novel The Devil’s Water (Macmillan 2013), as well as two collections of short fiction, Kicking In (Counterpoint 2010) and One Hundred Siberian Postcards (Macmillan 2007). The latter was a London Times Notable Book for 2007 and was nominated for the PEN/ Bingham Prize for best first work by an American author. His book of essays, Hat of Candles, is forthcoming in 2017.


For information on how to submit, see our guidelines page. No email submissions accepted.

For information, including reading events, past issues, links, and recommended reading, please visit our website or call (310) 434-3597.

Santa Monica Review | $7/issue | $12/year subscription