In this issue:

“Return to Your Mother’s House”
poetry by
Renee Emerson

“New Roses, Neuralgia”
“This Cloud”
“When You Finish”
poetry by
Kevin Miller

“Letter for Kenny”
essay by
Gail Peck

poetry by
Kevin McLellan

“The House of Eng”
poetry by
Theodore Worozbyt

“Comfort Food”
poetry by
Jessica de Koninck

“Live Action English”
fiction by
Robert Radin

“A Denali Narrative”
poetry by
Daryl Farmer

poetry by
P M F Johnson

“On a Train Crossing Eastern Colorado”
poetry by
Aaron Bauer

“Thankless Job”
“Itsy Bitsy”
poetry by
Hal Sirowitz

Cover artwork: “At the Dressing-Table, Self Portrait,”
1909, oil on canvas, 75 x 65 centimeters
by Zinaida Serebriakova

Layout by
Leah Browning

News from the Editor:

Congratulations to several former contributors.  The 2014 edition of
New Poetry from the Midwest, published by New American Press,
included three poems from the
Apple Valley Review: Rich Ives’s “A
Picnic in Nebraska” and Theresa Williams’s “xxviii.  learning aid,”
both of which appeared in the Spring 2012 issue, and
’s “Bringing in the Sheaves,” which appeared in the Fall 2012
issue.  The series is edited by Okla Elliott and Hannah Stephenson.  
Official release of the anthology was at the annual conference of the
Association of Writers & Writing Programs, which was held in April
2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Michael Lauchlan’s most recent book, Trumbull Ave., was published
by Wayne State University Press in 2015.  The collection includes
poems from the Apple Valley Review’s Fall 2009 issue: “Six Times”
and “Milk, 1933.”

Brian Gilmore was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for his
latest collection of poetry,
We Didn’t Know Any Gangsters, which was
published by
Cherry Castle Publishing in 2014.  His poem “purple rain
was published in the Spring 2007 issue of the
Apple Valley Review.  
Gilmore teaches law at the Michigan State University College of Law,
where he lectures and writes on contemporary issues relating to housing
and economic inequality.  He was
one of five nominees in the category
of Outstanding Literary Work—Poetry for his book.  The 46th NAACP
Image Awards presentation was broadcast live from Pasadena,
California, on February 6, 2015.  

Joanna Kurowska’s new volume of poetry, The Butterfly’s Choice,
was published by Broadstone Books in 2015.  Eight of her poems
appeared in the
Fall 2011 and Fall 2012 issues of the Apple Valley

Adam Tavel won the first annual Permafrost Book Prize in poetry for
his collection
Plash & Levitation.  The book was published by the
University of Alaska Press in 2015.  Tavel, whose poem “
appeared in the Spring 2007 issue of the
Apple Valley Review, was
also a finalist in
Best of the Net 2014 for a poem published in Passages

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Cover artwork: ''At the Dressing-Table, Self Portrait'' by Zinaida Serebriakova, 1909, oil on canvas, 75 x 65 cm