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Saturday, October 24 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Santa Monica Review: Reading it Forward: L.A. Literary Icons Deliver Brave New Writing from Santa Monica Review

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A diverse roster of L.A. literary icons profile four authors from SMR exploring emphasizing diversity, thoughtful engagement, and 2020’s unique commitment to creativity in crisis, trademark of this 30-year old West Coast literary journal publishing some of the best prose in the country.

Dana Johnson reads from Alisa Slaughter’s essay “Break of Gauge,” an international literary meditation including time in Trump Country. Michael Jaime-Becerra reads an excerpt from a short story by David Preizler, “Coyote Tactics,” about a convict-labor California wildfire fighter. Yxta Maya Murray reads a feminist eco-dystopic short story by Jacqueline Keren, “Red Ribbons.” Victoria Patterson reads from Andrew Tonkovich’s darkly satirical parable “Civic Engagement.”

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Andrew Tonkovich

Andrew Tonkovich is the longtime editor of the West Coast literary journal Santa Monica Review and host of Bibliocracy, Pacifica Radio KPFK's weekly books show. His essays, reviews and original short stories have appeared in Ecotone, Juked, Faultline, ZYZZYVA, Best American Nonrequired... Read More →

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Yxta Maya Murray

Yxta Maya Murray is the author of Locas (1998), The Conquest (2002), What It Takes to Get to Vegas, and two books in her acclaimed Red Lion series, The Queen Jade (2005) and The King's Gold (2008). Her newest fiction is The World Doesn’t Work that Way, but It Could and Art is... Read More →
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Michael Jaime-Becerra

Michael Jaime-Becerra grew up and lives in El Monte, and teaches creative writing at UC Riverside. His short-story collection, Every Night Is Ladies’ Night, was named one of the best of the year by The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, and awarded a California Book... Read More →
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Victoria Patterson

Victoria Patterson is the author of the novels The Little Brother, The Peerless Four and This Vacant Paradise, a 2011 New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. Her two short story collections are the award-winning Drift and The Secret Habit of Sorrow, She lives in South Pasadena... Read More →
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Dana Johnson

Dana Johnson is the author of the short story collection In the Not Quite Dark, forthcoming from Counterpoint in August 2016. She is also the author of Break Any Woman Down, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the novel Elsewhere, California. Both books... Read More →

Saturday October 24, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
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