Monday, October 12, 2015

The Fall 2015 issue of the Apple Valley Review

The Fall 2015 issue of the journal features short fiction by Sue Hyon Bae and Seyed Ali Shojaei; essays by Megan Taylor; poetry by Bethany Bowman, Arfah Daud, Marianne Koluda Hansen, Benny Andersen, Knud Sørensen, Darren C. Demaree, Danielle Hanson, Jennifer MacBain-Stephens, Richard Stolorow, José Angel Araguz, Carl Boon, Laura Lee Washburn, David Antonio Moody, Priscilla Atkins, Calvin Ahlgren, and Jack Cooper; and a cover photograph from the Westbury Court Garden by Pauline Eccles.

The Apple Valley Review is a semiannual online literary journal.  The current issue, previous issues, subscription information, and complete submission guidelines are available at

Sunday, October 4, 2015

An essay, three short stories, and a poem

Does there come a day in every man's life when he looks around and says to himself, "I've got to weed out some of these owls"?
--From "Understanding Owls," a reflection by David Sedaris, The New Yorker (October 22, 2012), pp. 40-43.  (In a different form, this piece was later reprinted in Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls.)

Driving across the Utah desert on I-70, James hit a butterfly with his car.
--From "Mayfly," a short story by Kevin Canty, The New Yorker (January 28, 2013), pp. 64-69.

It was at the tube station that he met the Angolans who would arrange his marriage, exactly two years and three days after he had arrived in England; he kept count.
--From "Checking Out," a short story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The New Yorker (March 18, 2013), pp. 66-73.

I was grown up now, married, with a family of my own, but still the Ormsons wanted to see me, just like always. 
--From "Here's a Little Something to Remember Me By," a short story by Dan Chaon, first published in Other Voices and reprinted in his story collection Among the Missing (Ballantine/Random House, 2001), p. 160-186.

The dove brought news
of the end of the flood, an olive leaf
in her mouth, like a man holding a letter . . .  
--From "The Dove," a poem by Yehuda Amichai, translated from the Hebrew by Bernard Horn, The New Yorker (March 18, 2013), p. 63.