In this issue:

“Eclipsing the Taj Mahal”
poetry by
Julio Monteiro Martins
(translated from the Italian by Helen Wickes and Donald Stang)

“Except on Christmas Day”
“Quite convenient”
poetry by
Diarmuid ó Maolalaí

“Solo Act”
fiction by
John Garcia

“Escape to Melita”
“Little More than Pneumonia”
poetry by
Kerry James Evans

“Round and Round”
poetry by
Jack Hickman

“Before Rehab”
memoir excerpt by
Tove Ditlevsen
(translated from the Danish by Michael Goldman)

“Evening, Bhubaneswar”
poetry by
Bibhu Padhi

poetry by
Ananda-mayi dasi

“Autumn Has Come”
poetry by
Aura Christi
(translated from the Romanian by Adam J. Sorkin and Petru Iamandi)

poetry by
Stephen Hundley

“The Right Man”
“And There’s No Time”
“Cherry Pie”
fiction by
Río Luna

“A Letter to the Woman that Held My Hand in the ER”
poetry by
Dorsía Smith Silva

“Reading in Bed Is Like Heaven”
poetry by
Ed Bok Lee

Cover artwork: “Taj Mahal Mausoleum,”
1874-1876, oil on canvas, 38.7 x 54 centimeters
by Vasily Vereshchagin

Layout by
Leah Browning

News from the Editor:

Congratulations to several former contributors.  Tom Gresham’s
short story “The Heir,” which appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of
Apple Valley Review, was included on the longlist for The Wigleaf
Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions 2018.   Also on the list were stories by
Jennifer A. Howard and Amorak Huey.

Karen Skolfield was recently selected by Barnard College of
Columbia University as the 2018 recipient of the Barnard Women
Poets Prize.  This prize, given in collaboration with W. W. Norton &
Company, will include the publication of her winning collection of
Battle Dress.  The book is forthcoming in 2019.  

Danielle Hanson’s second book, Fraying Edge of Sky, won the
2017 Codhill Press Poetry Award.  “Nonlinearity” and “Forest Scene,”
two poems which first appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of the
Valley Review
, are included in the new collection.   

“Envy” and “Bees,” the two poems which led off our Fall 2015 issue,
are included in
Bethany Bowman’s new collection, Swan Bones.  It
was published earlier in 2018 and is available from Resource
Publications, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers.  

Kathy Anderson’s debut collection, Bull and Other Stories, won the
2015 Autumn House Fiction Prize and was published by Autumn
House Press in 2016.  
Bull and Other Stories was longlisted for The
Story Prize and was a finalist for Publishing Triangle’s Edmund White
Award for Debut Fiction, the Lambda Literary Awards, and Foreword
INDIES Book of the Year Award.  “
You Are the Bad Smell,” one of
the stories included in this collection, was originally published in the
Spring 2008 issue of the
Apple Valley Review, and it was such a
standout that Anderson received the
Apple Valley Review Editor’s
Prize for 2008.

And now, ten years later, I want to congratulate
Robert Radin, who
is the recipient of the
Apple Valley Review Editor’s Prize for 2018.  
His essay “
Noche Triste” was included in the Spring 2018 issue.  All
work published in the
Apple Valley Review during a given calendar
year is considered for the annual award.  Radin will receive $100 and
a gift of a book.

If you like Radin’s work, please look at our
archive.  Three of his short
stories have appeared in past issues: “Waiting on Celebrities,” “Live
Action English,” and “Tarzana Dingbat.”  “Live Action English,” which
was originally published in the Spring 2015 issue of the
Apple Valley
, was later included on the list of other distinguished stories in
The Best American Short Stories 2016.   

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