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By Lookout Staff

September 22, 2016 -- The Santa Monica Review will launch its Fall 2016 issue next month with a party featuring readings by four of its contributors, Santa Monica College (SMC) officials announced this week.

The launch party for the college's bi-annual national literary arts journal will be introduced by poet, teacher, and activist Susan Suntree, the author of "Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California," officials said.
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It will feature readings by four recent contributors to the magazine -- Monona Wali ("My Blue Skin Lover"), Richard Wirick ("Kicking In"), Katharine Haake ("The Time of Quarantine") and Michelle Latiolais ("Widow, She").

The launch party, says the Review's editor Andrew Tonkovich, “offers one of the most reliably high-quality and accessible opportunities to enjoy literary performance in the region, and at an intimate venue.”

The latest issue features 13 pieces from contributors, including Southern California writers Haake, Wali and Wirick and Ron Carlson ("Return to Oakpine").

Frequent contributors Erik Rangno of Orange County and Olga Zilberbourg of San Francisco are among the short story and essay writers featured, as well as half a dozen first time contributors.

The issue also offers an essay on writing and political activism by novelist and New Mexico garlic farmer Stanley Crawford ("Log of the S.S. The Mrs. Unguentine").

The cover art is by acclaimed Southern California artist Deborah Davidson.

"A collection rich in urgent perspectives, humor, and satire, as well as voice-driven stories and essays, the Fall 2016 issue of the Review offers readers an eclectic literary mash-up typical of the iconoclastic magazine's dedication to varieties of very good writing," review editors said.

The launch party will be held Sunday, October 9, at 5 p.m. in The Edye at the SMC Performing Arts Center at Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street.

Tickets can be purchased at and cost $10. Refreshments will be served, and books will be available for purchase and author signing, college officials said. There is abundant free parking at the site.

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 newly redesigned Santa Monica Review website or call (310) 434-3597.

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