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Santa Monica Review Releases Fall Issue

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October 8, 2015 -- Santa Monica College will mark the release of the Fall 2015 issue of its acclaimed national literary arts journal with a party and reading this month, college officials announced Wednesday.

Held  at 4 p.m. Sunday, October 25, in The Edye at the SMC Performing Arts Center, "Santa Monica Review Presents..." will feature readings by four current and recent contributors to the journal.

They are SMC creative writing student Susan Berman, Michael Guista (“Brain Work”), award-winning memoirist Vicki Forman (“This Lovely Life”), and Stephen Cooper, a short story writer and biographer of author John Fante.

The event will be be introduced by PEN Center USA and Rattling Wall editor Michelle Franke.

Edited by Andrew Tonkovich, who hosts the weekly show “Bibliocracy” on KPFK (90.7 FM), the latest issue of Santa Monica Review features 14 short and long pieces from “new and frequent favorite contributors, and showcases work by recent award winners, acclaimed novelists, and first-time-in-print and SMC creative writing student writers,” college officials said.

The Fall issue features work by frequent contributors Michael Cadnum (“The Book of the Lion”), Michael Jauchen and Jeffrey Steven Moskowitz that “elevate language and voice in stylized, voice-driven narratives,” event organizers said.

Novelist Andrew Porter (“The Theory of Light and Matter”) “shares a love story by way of a Loz Feliz landmark,” while Canadian Ann Lohner “links a war at home to those abroad” and Skye Annica “engages life in a nursing home,” according to organizers.

Jonathan Keeperman and Julian Smith-Newman, both recent grads of the UC Irvine creative writing MFA program, “share gorgeous and self-conscious short stories, as does meta-funny Geoff Wyss (“How”), a magazine favorite,” organizers said.

Peter LaSalle (“The City at Three P.M.”) “considers the writing life,” while Michael Guista (“Brain Work”) offers a “realist heartbreaker,” and MFC Covina (“The Off-Season”) “just plain goes for it in a hilarious, digressive take-apart of duplicity and bravado,” organizers said.

The issue also features the work of SMC creative writing workshop student Susan Berman and  retired Los Angeles paramedic Philip Rowe, whose “gritty, wry, and gentle short story previews his work writing a novel,” organizers said.

“Santa Monica Review” is published twice a year as part of Santa Monica College’s “commitment to encouraging literacy and engagement with the literary arts, showcases established authors and emerging writers,” college officials said.

Tickets for the October 25 event are available through and cost $10. Refreshments will be served, and books will be available for purchase and author signing. Abundant free parking available on premises.

“Santa Monica Review” is available for sale online and at the SMC Bookstore, Beyond Baroque in Venice, Skylight Books, and other area booksellers. Copies are also available by mail and by subscription through Santa Monica Review, Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica 90405.

The publication costs $7 per issue or $12 for the two issues each year.

For more information, visit the Santa Monica Review website ( or call (714) 649-9051.

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