Cover artwork: ''Beige'' by Ann Marshall, 2010, oil and paper collage on canvas, 36'' x 40'' (please scroll down to view the table of contents)
In this issue:

“A Stand of Cottonwoods in a Field North of Colorado Springs”
“Part of the Equation”
“Train Whistle in the Dead of Night”
poetry by
Robert Lavett Smith

“Return to Bear Creek”
poetry by
Louisa Howerow

“How to Go Through Your Dad’s Things After He Dies”
essay by
Vivian Wagner

“Bedridden, I ate nothing . . .”
“The whole house is filled . . .”
prose poetry by
W.J. Preston

“A Return to Rothko”
fiction by
Dave Patterson

“The Red Kerchief, Portrait of Madame Monet”
“Van Gogh’s Room”
poetry by
Gail Peck

“On Planning”
“On Timing”
prose poetry by
Kelly Scarff

“Thirty Love”
fiction by
Beth Konkoski

“Whatever Happened?”
poetry by
Abby Rosenthal

“In Pause”
fiction by
Jennifer Stern

“Appointments”
poetry by
Roger Pfingston

“Dress”  
poetry by
P. Ivan Young


Cover artwork: “Beige,”
2010, oil and paper collage on canvas, 36'' x 40''
by
Ann Marshall

Layout by Leah Browning




News from the Editor:

Congratulations to several former contributors, starting with David
Cazden
.  His new book, The Lost Animals, was published by
Sundress Publications in 2013.  
Three of the poems included in the
book were published in the Fall 2007 issue of the
Apple Valley Review.  

Hal Sirowitz’s newest book, Stray Cat Blues, which was published by
Backwaters Press in 2012, won the 2013 Nebraska Book Award for
Poetry.  Sirowitz’s poetry appeared in our
Spring 2006 and Spring
2010 issues, and one of the poems, “A Step Above Cows,” was also
included in
Beauty Is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability.  That
anthology was edited by Jennifer Bartlett, Sheila Black, and Michael
Northen and published by Cinco Puntos Press in 2011.     

Another poet,
Grant Clauser, won the 2013 Dogfish Head Poetry
Prize for his book
Necessary Myths; the collection includes his poem
The Bees,” which appeared in our Fall 2012 issue.  The prize was
sponsored by Delaware’s Dogfish Head Brewery, a microbrewery
specializing in craft beers, and Clauser received samples of 90 Minute
IPA and Burton Baton as part of his prize.  
Necessary Myths was
published by Broadkill River Press in 2013.    

Karen Skolfield’s collection Frost in the Low Areas—which includes
two of
three poems originally published in the Spring 2011 issue of the
Apple Valley Review—recently won the 2014 PEN New England
Award in poetry.  The book is available from Zone 3 Press, which
selected it as the 2012 winner of the Zone 3 First Book Award for
Poetry.

Inderjeet Mani’s short story “Translating Kun,” from our Fall 2013
issue, was selected as The Committee Room’s
story of the month for
January 2014.

Special thanks are also due to author
Maile Meloy, who graciously
provided a signed copy of her second volume of short stories,
Both
Ways Is the Only Way I Want It, for the recipient of the Apple Valley
Review
Editor’s Prize for 2013, Jessica Rafalko.  Two of Rafalko’s
short stories, “News, Unreported” and “Notes Left for My Minor
Suicide Attempts (Ages Nine, Twenty, and Thirty-One),” were
published in the Spring 2013 issue of the journal.  Rafalko received
$100 and the copy of Meloy’s book.

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