Santa Barbara
Literary Journal
Editorial Team
Silver Webb


"I built my own empire out of car tires and chicken wire." -Ani DiFranco

An editor of 20 years, a food writer and a novelist, Silver would like to think she is devoted to the exquisite art of writing.

When she is not word-smithing and dreaming her stories into being, she is on the hunt for sharp, descriptive, quirky writing to feature here, irregardless of genre.

Max Talley
Associate Editor

Max Talley is a writer and artist from New York City, who lives in Southern California. His writing has appeared in Fiction Southeast, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Santa Fe Literary Review, Litro, Bridge Eight,

Entropy, Gravel, and Atticus Review. Talley’s near-future novel was published in 2014, and an essay collection, Snowblind in the Void, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. He teaches a writing workshop at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference every summer, and at Santa Fe Workshops in the fall. More at

Poetry Editor

Emeritus from the graduate-level Professional Writing
Program at USC, where he taught fiction, humor, and editing courses for thirty-four years, Shelly recently

completed a visiting professorship at UCSB’s College of Creative Studies. He’s held executive editorial positions with five different book publishers, including two in Santa Barbara. He’s also put in time with literary, mystery, and science fiction magazines.His latest book, Love Will Make You Drink and Gamble, Stay Out Late at Night, is a collection of recent short fiction. He’s currently balancing a revised second edition of The Fiction Writer’s Handbook with a collection of stories about the protagonist of the actor featured in this volume, and Santa Barbara Sleep, a mystery novel set in a local retirement complex.

Editorial Services


Editing Services


“Silver Webb edits books with incomparable conscientiousness and grace. Her eye for compelling narrative structure is equaled only by her ear for the most alluring paragraph and sentence rhythm.” 

                                                                           —Thomas Timmins

An editor of 20 years, Silver offers meticulous, insightful editing of short stories, novels, and nonfiction documents, from content editing to final line-editing. And for those considering self publishing, she is also an experienced book designer.

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Writing groups

We will be starting several small writing group that will give participants a chance to read their work and receive/give critique on short stories or ongoing novels. Please let us know if you are interested. 


Join our mailing list to hear about new workshops. Stay tuned for details regarding the Summer 2021 writers retreat, when the world opens again. 

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