The Fall 2018 edition of the Santa Monica Review will be available 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 30 years of publication, and is a celebrated national magazine. Recent stand-out work appears in the annual Pushcart Prize, Best American Short Stories, and PEN/O. Henry anthologies.

The Fall 2018 Thirtieth Anniversary Issue, edited by Andrew Tonkovich, features 15 original pieces, including work from founder Krusoe and frequent contributors Janice Shapiro (Bummer), Monona Wali (My Blue Skin Lover), Richard Wirick (Kicking In), and acclaimed John Fante biographer and story writer Stephen Cooper.

Longtime friend of the journal Robley Wilson (After Paradise) shares a story of remembrance and loss. SoCal writer Linda Purdy delivers another elegant meditation, Diane Gurman takes a hilarious if instructively doomed middle-aged road trip, and SMC creative writing workshop student Molly Jackson crafts an eerie domestic drama.

Writers Casey Walker (Last Days in Shanghai) and Brian Ingram make their SMR debuts, as does novelist Yxta Maya Murray (The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Kidnapped) with a multi-voiced fiction exploring creativity, motherhood, and their economic relationship.

This 200-page special expanded edition features long and short work and, for the first time, graphic storytelling. Combining interrogations of both reality and imagination, the stylistic range of this anniversary issue includes traditional, as well as experimental writing in a reliably eclectic and challenging literary mash-up in keeping with the iconoclastic magazine’s tradition as initiated by founder Krusoe.

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Complete contents of the Spring 2018 issue

Jim Krusoe – The Dude
Linda Purdy – Mayday
Richard Wirick – Mimesis
Molly Jackson – Big Man
Robley Wilson – Adieu, Marianne
Janice Shapiro – When I Turned Thirty
Casey Walker – Revolution
Stephen Cooper – The Lash of Saint Francis
Diane Gurman – Coral and Cactus Go Retro
Brian Ingram – Where’s Charlie?
Vishwas Gaitonde – Faith
Yxta Maya Murray – Arte Povera
Monona Wali – Sutra Americana


Stephen Cooper teaches in the Creative Writing program at Cal State Long Beach. Both his co-edition of John Fante’s “Ask the Dust”: A Gathering of Voices (with Clorinda Donato) and the German translation of his Fante biography will be out next year. Stephen is also patiently awaiting the release of Struggle, the feature documentary that he has coproduced with Warsaw-based filmmaker Irek Dobrowolski, about sui generis sculptor-painter-writer-theorist Stanislaw Szukalski.

Vishwas Gaitonde spent his formative years in India, and now resides in the United States. His writings have appeared in literary journals such as The Iowa Review, Santa Monica Review, Bellevue Literary Review, and Mid-American Review; in internet magazines including The Mantle, The Millions, and Serenade; and in various newspapers and periodicals. He is the recipient of a Hawthornden International Fellowship (Scotland) and two residency fellowships from The Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (Minnesota). He is interested in the intersection of the sciences and the humanities. His Twitter handle is: @weareji.

Diane Gurman works as a librarian. Her stories have appeared in Gargoyle, Quarterly West, and several issues of Santa Monica Review, among other publications. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her blind cat, Ghost.

Brian Ingram lives and works in Los Angeles. His fiction has appeared most recently or is forthcoming in Ghost Town, Sou’wester, Spectator, and Apalachee Review.

Molly Jackson is from New York and has been published in Los Angeles magazine, Parents, and other publications. Hundreds of thousands of high school students all over Southern California have been forced to watch her touring plays and theatre productions every year. She is a longtime student of Jim Krusoe’s writing workshop at Santa Monica College.

Jim Krusoe is the founding editor of Santa Monica Review. He is the author of four books of poetry, a short story collection and six novels, the most recent being The Sleep Garden. He has taught a long-running Creative Writing workshop at Santa Monica College.

Yxta Maya Murray is a writer and a law professor, who teaches at Loyola Law School. She is the author of six novels and won a Whiting Writer’s Award in 1999.

Linda Purdy is an Orange County native, where her grandfather raised oranges and other citrus. “Mayday” was written as an assignment for a fiction class at Irvine Valley College taught by Lisa Alvarez. She has published stories in Santa Monica Review, poetry with the IVC literary journal, The Ear, and one story online at Connotations.

Janice Shapiro is the author of Bummer and Other Stories (Soft Skull Press 2010). Her stories and comics have been published in The Rumpus, Catapult, The North American Review, 52 Stories, Everyday Genius, Real Pants and other places. Her first published story appeared thirty years ago in the first issue of Santa Monica Review. She is finishing a graphic memoir, Crushable — My Life In Crushes From Ricky Nelson to Viggo Mortensen. Janice lives in Berkeley, California with her husband and mostly well-behaved dog.

Andrew Tonkovich has served as editor of Santa Monica Review since 1999.

Monona Wali is an award-winning novelist, short story writer and filmmaker. My Blue Skin Lover, her debut novel, won the 2015 IPPY Gold award for best multicultural fiction from Independent Publishers. Her stories have been published in various literary journals including Santa Monica Review, Catamaran, A Journal of South Asian American Writing, and Tiferet, a Journal of Spiritual Literature. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches creative writing at Santa Monica College and Antioch University.

Casey Walker is author of the novel Last Days in Shanghai (Counterpoint Press, 2014) and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He grew up in El Centro, California, and is currently at work on a novel about the California-Mexico border. 

Robley Wilson, poet, fiction writer, editor and teacher passed away on August 7. Wilson was the author of three poetry collections and many novels and short story collections including After Paradise (Black Lawrence Press, 2017), Who Will Hear Your Secrets? (John Hopkins University Press, 2012), and The World Still Melting (St. Martini’s Press, 2005). He was also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fiction.

Richard Wirick is co-founder and editor of the journal Transformation. His novel The Devil’s Water is just out from Ekstasis/Macmillan, and he is the author of two prior fiction collections, 2007’s One Hundred Siberian Postcards (nominated for the PEN/Bingham Prize) and Kicking In (2010). His book of nonfiction, Hat of Candles, is forthcoming in 2019. He practices law in Los Angeles where he lives with his family.

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