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By Lookout Staff

October 9, 2020 -- From the imagined history of a 19th-century revolutionary cell to a look at LA's urban bicycle culture, the Santa Monica Review's latest issue offers a romp through different times and places.

The fall 2020 issue of Santa Monica College's (SMC) national literary arts journal features 16 original stories and essays by established authors and emerging writers.

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“These stories and essays travel near and far, in territories of the imagination,” said Andrew Tonkovich, the Review's editor and host of the weekly show “Bibliocracy” on KPFK (90.7 FM).

“In no particular order, you’ll find a girl stranded on a magical island, revisionist Western frauds, an atheist waitress, urban cycling culture, a suburban squatter, and a kids’ film that may or may not -- as so much memory -- have even ever existed.”

A launch party featuring Review author readings will be held online from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 25. Tickets ($10 donation suggested) and access to the party are available through (Search for: “Santa Monica Review Presents”).

The celebration will be introduced by novelist Keenan Norris ("Brother and the Dancer") and features readings by five recent contributors to the magazine.
Santa Monica Review fall issue coverCover art by Kenneth Calhoun

Ryan Ridge ("New Bad News") does cut-up style social satire, Gettysburg Review editor Lauren Hohle explores love and the loss of faith and Sean Bernard ("Desert Sonorous") shares two stories, "one a made-up vacation, the other of trespass," organizers said.

Also reading from their work are Yxta Maya Murray ("Locas") and Michelle Latiolais ("She; Widow").

“In the months of COVID and the political assault on reality, I find hope, relief, and justifiable push-back in so many of these stories and essays,” Tonkovich said.

“They go places, real or imagined, to revisit, occupy, examine, or destroy what we think we have seen, or been told to believe," the editor said.

The Review will join the LA Lit Crawl 2020 Vision (with LA Library) on Saturday, October 24, at 3 p.m. to present a half-hour, live online “Read It Forward” segment featuring So Cal literary notables reading work by emerging writers recently showcased in the magazine.

A link to the free virtual event can be found at

Santa Monica Review is available for sale online ( and at the SMC Campus Store, Beyond Baroque in Venice 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 949-235-8193.

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