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Santa Monica Review Launches Spring Issue with Author Readings
 

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By Lookout Staff

March 25, 2022 -- The Santa Monica Review will celebrate the release of is Spring issue -- which features everything from an updated fairy tale to a fictionalized civic attack -- with a launch party next month.

The party, which showcases authors reading from their work, will be held online from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 10. Tickets ($10 donation suggested) and access to the party are available through Brownpapertickets.com.

Santa Monica Review cover art by cover art by Garrett Saleen
Santa Monica Review cover art by cover art by Garrett Saleen

The celebration will be introduced by Review editor and Emcee Andrew Tonkovich and features a welcome by Elaine Lewinneck and Thuy Vo Dang of "A People's Guide to Orange County."

Five recent contributors to the magazine -- Meghan Cason, Parveen Parmar, Lisa Black, Garrett Saleen and Rhoda Huffey -- will read from their work.

The spring 2022 issue -- which celebrates the journal's 34th year of publication -- includes 14 short stories and two essays, "many responding to the pandemic and our shared or disputed political moment," said editor Tonkovich.

“I’m pleased to present some of the best new writing on our weird virtual lives, here offered variously with humor, despair, analysis, and empathy,” Tonkovich said.

The magazine's reputation received a major boost when two recent stories were included in the prestigious Pushcart anthology, which gathers the best stories from small presses each year.

The stories' inclusion has garnered "critical and popular attention" and increased the volume and quality of recent submissions, Tonkovich said.

"This makes my job both easier and harder, forcing me, happily, to choose lately some of the very best work I have read in years of editing the magazine," he said.

"I’m pleased to be in this predicament, and gratified Santa Monica Review can feature diverse, challenging, wildly imaginative work, whether realism, hyper-realism, or fabulist fiction.”

The issue's cover art is by collagist Garrett Saleen, also a short story writer and sometime contributor to Santa Monica Review.

Santa Monica College and the Review will host a booth April 23-24 at this year’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

SMC's booth -- #72 at the USC campus -- will offer complimentary copies of the magazine to visitors, as well as distributing information on SMC’s "abundant academic and cultural opportunities."


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