SMC Literary Review Chronicles “Our Broken Moment”

From Lookout employees

October 8, 2021 – The prestigious Santa Monica College literary magazine is releasing its fall issue this week of 15 original short stories ranging from fictional reports to dreams.

To celebrate, Santa Monica Review is holding an Issue Launch Party with author readings on Sunday from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

Tickets ($ 10 donation recommended) and access to the party are available through

The biannual Review – the only nationwide literary magazine published by a US community college – presents the work of established and emerging writers and focuses on West Coast narratives.

The latest edition, said the magazine’s editor, Andrew Tonkovich, “features realism, surrealism, humor and experimentation in language and point of view.”

Left: Cover of the Santa Monica Review (art by Dylan Landis)

The stories “put elements of our broken moment back together in satisfying, albeit often challenging, art,” said Tonkovich.

“Contains fictional accounts, dreams, narratives from Southern California and beyond, with a powerful vocal exercise that is representative of many cultures, traditions, and perspectives.

“Separated from the pandemic and in response to a political attack on reality, these authors respond with the creative power of different imaginations,” Tonkovich said.

Tonkovich will host the celebration on Sunday, which will include a welcome from Quentin Ring, General Manager of the Beyond Baroque Literary / Arts Center, and readings by five new contributors.

Diane Lefer presents “Out of Place,” a “fictional profile of a disappointed psychologist speaking at a crime writers’ meeting,” while Tom Whalen presents a “crooked, funny meta-fictional short story” called “April Fireball,” they said Organizer.

Mary Taugher “sensitively composes an end-of-life journey with tenderness and beautiful details,” and Lisa Teasley “explores in” Heat Signature “the unlikely development of unpleasant advertising in LA that challenges expectations of a racist culture.

Public service radio journalist (KPCC) and poet Adolfo Guzman-Lopez concludes the issue with “a cathartic coming-of-age story and a revisionist story of person and place through National City, California”.

“These stories seem to incorporate both autobiography and recent history, as well as push back, react and rethink,” said Tonkovich.

The cover of the issue is a collage by Dylan Landis, a novelist and short story writer.

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

For more information, visit the Santa Monica Review website or call 949-235-8193.

Comments are closed.