KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
“Flash isn’t a fad, it’s an art; and while I hope people can have fun with it, its pursuit should still be taken seriously.”
— Tara L. Masih, editor of Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction

About

  Editor-in-Chief /
Webmaster:
Clare MacQueen
  Co-Editor: Jack Cooper   Contributing Editors: Steve Davenport Janet Lynn Davis Cindy L. Sheppard
 

   As reported by The Weather Experts on page 3 of the 20 July 2007 edition of the St. Petersburg Times:

“If [you are] struck by lightning, your socks and shoes may be knocked off. The reason is the rapid evaporation and expansion of sweat on your skin. You may not be hurt if the current does not enter your body.”

KYSO, pronounced “kye sew,” is an acronym for Knock Your Socks Off, which refers to just the kind of electrified words and images we like to publish and showcase.

KYSO Flash is also distinguished from the majority of web-based literary journals and magazines by these features:

In addition to the Contents page, an index is available which lists works alphabetically by name of contributor and allows quick browsing of content within the website. Also available, a site map, and both resources are accessible from the navigation menus at the top and bottom of each page.

In her introduction to each issue, our webmaster Clare MacQueen provides statistics, including the total number of works and the percentage of “reprints.” She also provides the number of women writers (our version of the VIDA Count of top-tier literary publications and press outlets). See Stats for specific data.

Details about each work appear in the upper right-hand corner of the white background of the page. These data list the issue in which the piece appears, its genre and word count, and whether it’s a “reprint” (or more accurately a republication or reproduction), notated by “[R]” after the word count. Such details are included primarily for our own editorial convenience, but our readers may also appreciate having them.

Below many of our contributor bios, readers will find a section called “More on the Web: By, About, and Beyond,” which features links to optional readings. These may include other works by the contributor, interviews, essays on craft and technique, and even related websites of interest—resources provided by our webmaster especially for voracious readers (as she is), who are always curious to learn more.

KYSO Flash was custom designed not as an online magazine, but as a website, with a slight retro flavor. Not surprising that it looks and behaves like a website then—which we think is pretty cool.

Our journal is best viewed on laptops, iPads, or other devices larger than mobile phones. More viewing tips...

 

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Jack Cooper
Co-Editor:
Photo of Jack Cooper
Photo by Daniela Le Roy
Jack Cooper’s first collection of poetry, Across My Silence, was published by World Audience, Inc. in 2007. His poetry, flash fiction, and mini-plays have appeared in more than 60 publications, including Rattle, Slant, Santa Fe Literary Review, The MacGuffin, and The South Dakota Review.

One of his poems was selected as Grand Prize Winner in Crosswinds Poetry Journal’s 2016 poetry contest. The poem was published in their Spring 2017 issue in addition to receiving a cash award of a thousand dollars.
 
Cooper’s work has been nominated four times for a Pushcart Prize, and was chosen as a finalist in North American Review’s 2012 James Hearst Poetry Prize and for the 2014 Eco Arts Award in Creative Excellence. Two of his poems also received Honorable Mention in the 2015 Crosswinds poetry contest, and one of his micro-fictions (Options, re-published here in Issue 3) was selected in April 2015 as winner of the annual String-of-10 Contest, sponsored by Flash Fiction Chronicles. His play, That Perfect Moment (with co-writer Charles Bartlett), was a headliner at the NOHO Arts Center in North Hollywood and The Little Victory in the 2009-10 seasons.

Author’s website: www.jcooperpoetry.com

 
Steve Davenport
Contributing Editor:
Photo of Steve Davenport Steve Davenport is author of the poetry collections, Overpassand Uncontainable Noise; and two chapbooks, Murder on Gasoline Lake (originally published in Black Warrior Review and listed as Notable in Best American Essays 2007), and Nine Poems and Three Fictions (available in The Literary Review’s Summer 2008 chapbook issue).

A story in The Southern Review earned him a Special Mention in Pushcart Prizes 2011. In June 2012, Massachusetts Review published three installments from his “Black Guy Bald Guy” series of fictions.

Author’s website: www.gasolinelake.com

Author’s Faculty Page at the University of Illinois

 
Janet Lynn Davis
Contributing Editor:
Photo of Janet Lynn Davis

Janet Lynn Davis lives with her husband, and the local deer, in a quiet wooded community north of Houston, Texas. Since childhood, she’s had a strong interest in the written word as both art form and means of communication. Professionally, she worked for a couple of decades in the fields of technical writing/editing, marketing communications, and publications.

Janet’s poems, especially tanka and related forms, have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including KYSO Flash, Ribbons, A Hundred Gourds, Skylark, and red lights tanka journal. She served as vice president and contest coordinator of the Tanka Society of America in 2014–2015 and currently is the tanka prose editor at Haibun Today.

Poet’s blog: twigs&stones

 
Editor-in-Chief / Webmaster:
[Lisa] Clare MacQueen
Though she’s been “grown-up” for a decade or two, Clare MacQueen believes Silliness and Laughter are among Life’s greatest blessings and pleasures. In this photo, circa late-1950s, she is three years old and truly tickled, probably just to hear herself giggle.

Now she finds equal pleasure in the joy and sorrow and outburst of tears that reading a first-rate story can provoke. Thus, her ongoing search for the next fix of fine writing.

Founding Editor at Three Years Old: Life is One Big Laugh!
Photo of Clare MacQueen, by Gary Gibbons
Photo by Gary Gibbons
Clare also serves as Associate Editor and Webmaster for Serving House Journal, now in its eighth year of publishing and ranked by Web del Sol among the Top 50 Literary Magazines.

In addition, she serves on the General Advisory Board for The Best Small Fictions 2017 (BSF), published by Braddock Avenue Books.

For the 2016 edition of BSF, published by Queen’s Ferry Press, she served as Assistant Editor, Domestic.

Clare’s short fiction and essays appear in Firstdraft, Bricolage, and Serving House Journal, as well as in the anthologies, Best New Writing 2007 and Winter Tales II: Women on the Art of Aging.

One of her essays earned an Eric Hoffer Best New Writing Editor’s Choice Award and a Pushcart Prize nomination. A second essay, “The Fragrance of Levity,” was also nominated for a Pushcart and appears in the Fall 2011 issue of Serving House Journal.

Once in a blue moon, she writes tanka as well. Two of her poems appear in Ribbons, journal of The Tanka Society of America (summer editions of 2015 and 2016) and two appear in the Skylark tanka journal (Issue 7, Summer 2016).

Favorites from her flash fiction: Tasting the New and Dog Days

Web work: Clare’s frustrations as a Web surfer led her to design her first website in 1999. Ever since, she has kept things simple, even “old-fashioned”: design and build user-friendly sites that are easy on the eyes and easy to navigate.

Education and Training: In 1990, Clare was granted a BA degree in English/Creative Writing from San Diego State University. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, under the name of Lisa Marie Smith. She also studied British Lit, publishing, and technical writing at the graduate level. And she has eight years of experience as a technical editor with the University of Washington.

 
Cindy L. Sheppard
Contributing Editor:
Contributing Editor at Six Years Old: I Don’t Feel Like Smiling! Miz Sheppard speaks her mind candidly, even without saying a word; and now in mid-life, still isn’t thrilled about having her picture taken. She much prefers standing behind the camera instead.

Several of her photographs appear in Serving House Journal.

(She is six years old in the portrait at left—and just never you mind when it was taken.)



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