Welcome to SB Lit Jo, home of the Santa Barbara Literary Journal. We are a new publication that aims to give stories of whimsy and worth pages upon which they can shine. All genres are welcome, especially Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Magical Realism. Steampunk heroes, winsome witches, saucy robots, misunderstood krakens should present their calling cards.

We publish biannually, in print. Our first volume was published in June 2018. Please see our Submissions Guidelines for more information.

Contact Information: sblitjo AT gmail DOT COM

SB Lit Jo's Fearless Editors

Editrix: Silver Webb

Silver Webb conceived of the idea for SB Lit Jo while attending the Santa Barbara Writer's Conference in 2017. Listening to so many talented writers talk about the difficulty of finding places to publish, she thought, "I could do that." Perhaps a foolish impulse. But Silver is, in fact, a professional editor who has designed publications before. She is a writer first, naturally, and her topic of choice for nonfiction is food (she writes for Food & Home), and for fiction, well, witches are a weakness. Witches who can cook are a double weakness. You can see more about Silver's writing and adventures here.

Mistress of Song: Laura Hemenway

Laura curates our section of Lyrics, which endeavor to treat song lyrics with the same importance and eye as poetry. Laura graduated from UCSB in 1976 with a Masters Degree in instrumental conducting. She was Professor of Music at Antelope Valley College from 1978 to 2009. She was Music Director/Conductor of the Antelope Valley Symphony from 1978 to 1997, and served as Advisor for Antelope Valley College’s Commercial Music Program from 1997 until 2009.

Laura “retired” in 2009, and moved back to Santa Barbara with her husband, songwriter Dennis Russell. She plays cello with the SBCC Orchestra, sings in the women’s vocal ensemble “Lux,” and is a “regular" at Palm Loft Songwriter’s Circle in Carpinteria.

Laura has served as Music Director for Out of the Box Theatre, has played cello with the Santa Barbara Folk Orchestra, and has served on the board for the Goleta Valley Art Association. She is a painter and her work can be seen here. Her favorite activity is playing accordion and singing backup on gigs with her husband, Dennis Russell.

The Poetry Baron: Ron Alexander

Ron Alexander is a psychologist, long-term AIDS survivor and poet. Much of his work reflects the absurdity he finds in living decades past his “Use-by” date. His work has appeared in journals including Arts & Understanding, Askew, Solo Novo, and Lummox3, as well as several anthologies, such as A Bird Black as the Sun: California Poets on Crows & Ravens, and To Give Life a Shape. One of four poems in a recent anthology, Poems 2 F*ck 2, “Zebra," inspired a short film of the same name by Paul Detwiler, which has been shone at LGBTQ film festivals in North and South America, Europe and Asia.  

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