About Brianna Smyk

This is the work of an aspiring Renaissance Woman. As an art historian, writer, entrepreneur, and yogi, among other things, Brianna J.L. Smyk uses this as a space to share her musings on the beauty she enjoy every day and in every experience. As a former San Franciscan and New Orleanian (laissez les bon temps rouler), and current Los Angeleno, many of her musings are centered around those cities. Art. Culture. Community. Entertainment. Food. Fitness. Travel.

“Fresh Water” in “FORTH Magazine”

My latest short fiction piece “Fresh Water” was published in FORTH Magazine. This flash fiction was inspired by a writing exercise I did in a writing class with Richard Rayner (read my interview with him in Exposition Review) about the last time two people see each other. Set on Mars, this is a story of love found, lived, and scattered across the universe.


“Fresh Water” in FORTH Magazine


Zadok Ben-David in #ExpoRecommends: “Surface” Inspiration


Inspired by our latest issue, “Surface” a few of the other Expo editors and I created a list of multi-genre recommendations. In addition to fiction, nonfiction, and podcast recommendations from the other editors, yours truly found a must-see art exhibition in Los Angeles:

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Exposition Review Vol. II: “Surface” is Now Available

Here it is! Exposition Review‘s latest issue Vol. II: “Surface” is now available online!

“Surface” is all about perspective. Full of unique voices and blending genres, this issue is a close examination of the superficial and the sublime, of the hidden depths and delicate tensions inherent to the human experience. Together, the works presented in “Surface” take us through the looking glass, on a journey to unusual places and liminal spaces—a journey we’re looking forward to making again and again.

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“Ready to Where?” in Drunk Monkeys

I’m excited to share my short fiction piece Ready to Where?, which was published in the January 2017 issue of Drunk Monkeys. I hold this piece close to my heart for a few reasons. I read a version of it at one of the MPW student-faculty readings at The Last Bookstore in Downtown LA. It’s also based on my art history master’s thesis, The Model as Muse, which examined fashion photography and fashion; shifts in the museum space and hierarchies of culture; and different constructs of the muse, the model, and gender. Even the description of the thesis reveals its complexities, but with this hopefully more approachable fictionalization of gender and identity constructs, I hope to spark some of the same thought trajectories and conversations (both internal and verbal). Enjoy:

Ready to Where? in Drunk Monkeys

Movie Review: La La Land

La La Land Movie ReviewI’ve always loved the phrase “La La Land.” It reminds me of my dad, who often used the moniker as he’d drive my family from the San Francisco Bay down the 5 and onto the 405. As we entered the land of palm trees, I’d envision the other passengers stuck in traffic next to me singing “la la la” as they waited not-so-patiently for the parking-lot freeway to pick back up again. For me this pet name of my now-home continually reminds me why I love living here: Wouldn’t the world be a more dynamic, happier place if people went through life singing?

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Ready Player One Book Review

Ready Player OneReady Player One by Ernest Cline

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ready Player One is as addicting as the virtual video game that it portrays. From chapter one, I was hooked. Not only do Cline’s descriptions of the real-world and virtually simulated planets jump to life as is I were plugged into my own OASIS console, his narrator Wade Watts aka Parzival, your classic poor, downtrodden hero with the brains and gumption to solve the unsolvable riddle of the genius gamer and world creator James Halliday, is instantly lovable, his action packed quest gripping.

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