In this issue:

“Lessons for the Poros Naval Base”
poetry by
Liana Sakelliou
(translated from the Greek by Don Schofield)

“Comfort Letter”
fiction by
Kevin Bray

“The scavenger”
“Our situation”
“Night birds”
“Bees in bad weather”
poetry by
DS Maolalai

fiction by
Morgan Cross

“Pandemic Day 11, In the Apartment”
poetry by
Emily Hyland

“Finance It”
fiction by
Adam Luebke

“Summer Night”
poetry by
Antonio Machado
(translated from the Spanish by Thomas Feeny)

“The Knife”
fiction by
Tove Ditlevsen
(translated from the Danish by Michael Goldman)

“Family History”
“Still Life”
“Two Years Later”
prose poetry by
Tiffany Hsieh

“Three Short Memoirs”
essay by
Samantha Steiner

“The Water Clock”
poetry by
Joseph Zaccardi

fiction by
Epiphany Ferrell

Cover artwork: “Open Door on a Garden,”
1934, 64.5 x 54 centimeters
by Konstantin Somov

Layout by
Leah Browning

News from the Editor:

Congratulations to several former contributors.  Lisa Zimmerman’s
“Nobody Knew My Mother Was a Drunk,” which first appeared in
the Fall 2019 issue of the
Apple Valley Review, was selected for
publication in
The Best Small Fictions 2020.  The book is forth-
coming from
Sonder Press in October 2020.

The Fall 2018 issue of the
Apple Valley Review included “Before
Rehab,” an excerpt from a memoir by Tove Ditlevsen, translated
from the Danish by Michael Goldman.  “Before Rehab” was a section
Dependency, the third installment in an autobiographical trilogy by
Ditlevsen.  In 2019, the books in the Copenhagen Trilogy were
published in English in the United Kingdom as
Penguin Classics, and
they are scheduled for release by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the
United States in 2021.  “The Knife,” a short story by Ditlevsen and
translated by Goldman, is included in our current issue.  

Murali Kamma’s debut book, Not Native: Short Stories of
Immigrant Life in an In-Between World
, won a 2020 Independent
Publisher Book Award (IPPY).  The collection, published by Wising
Up Press in July 2019, received a bronze medal in the category of
Multicultural Fiction.  “
Migrant,” a short story which first appeared
in the Fall 2017 issue of the
Apple Valley Review, was included in the

“Homecoming,” a poem which appeared in our Spring 2010 issue,
will be included in a new chapbook by
Elizabeth Joy Levinson.  
Running Aground is scheduled for release by Finishing Line Press
in October 2020.  

I also want to congratulate
Trina Gaynon.  She is the recipient of
Apple Valley Review Editor’s Prize for 2020 for one of her
poems, “
Pacific Bell Comes Calling,” which was included in the
Spring 2020 issue.  All work published in the
Apple Valley Review
during a given calendar year is considered for the annual award.  
Gaynon will receive $100 and a gift of a book.

This is the thirtieth issue of the journal.  
I have been so grateful
for the support and encouragement I have received from
contributors and readers from around the world over the past
fifteen years.
 As a small gesture of thanks, I am giving away three
of my favorite books I’ve read over the past year or so.  Subscribers
to our mailing list received instructions for entering a random drawing
to win a copy of one of the following novels:
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson, translated from the Swedish by
Thomas Teal (New York Review Books);
Baba Dunja’s Last Love
by Alina Bronsky, translated from the German by Tim Mohr (Europa
Editions); and
City of Ash and Red by Hye-Young Pyun, translated
from the Korean by Sora Kim-Russell (Arcade Publishing).

If you would like to purchase one of these books for yourself,
please consider buying from your local independent bookstore,
or buying online from one of the many independent bookshops that
are currently filling and mailing orders.  (To find bookstores through-
out the United States, check out

In addition to the books listed above, I would also strongly
Swallowing Mercury, a novel by Wioletta Greg,
translated from the Polish by Eliza Marciniak (Transit Books);
Willful Disregard and Acts of Infidelity, two novels about the
same protagonist by Lena Andersson, translated from the Swedish
by Sarah Death and Saskia Vogel, respectively (Other Press);
Trick, a novel by Domenico Starnone, translated from the Italian by
Jhumpa Lahiri (Europa Editions);
Convenience Store Woman, a
novel by Sayaka Murata, translated from the Japanese by Ginny
Tapley Takemori (Grove Press); and
Good Trouble, a collection of
short stories by Joseph O’Neill (Pantheon Books).

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