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

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Your site is a goldmine (I was about to type minefield—maybe that too?)
of flash literature. Thank you for your careful curation...!

—Julie Gard, author of Home Studies

 
November 2019
Forthcoming
September 2019
Front Cover of Synchronized Swimmers, by Tim Hawkins
August 2019
Forthcoming
April 2019
Front Cover of The Dead Kid Poems, by Alexis Rhone Fancher
 
February 2019
Front Cover of Accidents of Light: KYSO Flash Anthology 2018
December 2018
Front Cover of Touching Fire, by Charles D. Tarlton
April 2018
Front Cover of My Dharma Box, by Dan Gilmore
January 2018
Front Cover of KYSO Flash Anthology, Volume 4 (2017)
 
May 2017
Front Cover of Enter Here, poems by Alexis Rhone Fancher
December 2016
Front Cover of KYSO Flash Anthology, Volume 3 (2016)
June 2016
Front Cover of KYSO Flash Anthology, Volume 2 (2015)
May 2016
Front Cover of New Shoes, by Dan Gilmore
 
December 2015
Front Cover of KYSO Flash Anthology of Haibun and Tanka Forms 2015
October 2015
Front Cover of State of Grace, by Alexis Rhone Fancher
May 2015
Front Cover of Just Before Sleep, by Dan Gilmore
December 2014
Front Cover of KYSO Flash Anthology, Volume 1 (2014)
 

Covers of The Dead Kid Poems and State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies were designed by Alexis Rhone Fancher. Cover of Enter Here was designed by KYSO Flash publisher, Clare MacQueen, in collaboration with Alexis Rhone Fancher.

Covers of other books were designed by Clare MacQueen.


KYSO Flash® is a registered trademark (2014). The KYSO Flash logo is copyrighted © 2015 by Clare MacQueen and was designed in collaboration with James Fancher. All rights reserved.


Note: KYSO Flash Press does not need book manuscripts this year.



The Dead Kid Poems

The stunning sequel to State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies, by award-winning author and photographer Alexis Rhone Fancher. Both collections speak of devastating loss, and love that endures beyond death.

That these poems were written, as much as their heart-incising bite, as much as their lash at denial and distancing, sings a mother’s love—peels the world down to it, plain English line by line, down to that first and eternal fiber, the only thing a child’s death can’t tear. Alexis Rhone Fancher has written The Dead Kid Poems not only for the steadying of her own reeling core, but for the thousands who are losing their children to our world’s cold caprices every day.

—Jed Myers, author of Love’s Test and The Marriage of Space and Time

Full cover of The Dead Kid Poems, by Alexis Rhone Fancher

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Cover and interior photographs copyrighted © by
Alexis Rhone Fancher. All rights reserved.

Softcover, 52 pages; ISBN: 978-0-9980375-2-3

Available at Amazon *

The blunt force of loss takes your breath away in The Dead Kid Poems. Gratitude to the poet for the small mercy of making plain the connection between sexual abuse and addiction.
Read this book and breathe if you can.

—Marsha de la O, co-editor of Spillway
and author of Antidote for Night and Black Hope
 

These exquisite poems passionately portray what remains after devastating loss, the death of an only child. A stunning sequel to State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies, this collection unfolds a bittersweet journey of complex relationships that endure. It’s a remarkable and powerful book which will change how you look at loss and love.

—Roberta Beary, author of The Unworn Necklace and Deflection


There is no greater tragedy than the death of a mother’s child. The excruciating loss leaves most not only bereft, but also speechless. This is why the elegy is poetry’s highest and noblest calling, for it both articulates the heart’s anguish while also illuminating the immutable and infrangible bond of love.
Such art is made at no small cost:
the bereaved poet endures to bear witness.
—Acclaim for State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies
from Richard Jones, author most recently of
Stranger on Earth (2018)
 

Available at Amazon *

* Signed copies of both chapbooks are also available directly from the author; buy them as a set and receive a discount. For details, contact:

alexis [at] lapoetrix [dot] com

To learn where she’s reading next, visit her website.


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and the authors and artists who publish with us!



Accidents of Light: KYSO Flash Anthology 2018
[Series volume 5]

Full cover of the KYSO Flash Anthology, Volume 5

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Cover photograph of San Pedro sunrise copyrighted © by
Alexis Rhone Fancher. All rights reserved.

Softcover, 258 pages; ISBN: 978-0-9980375-1-6


Our fifth annual anthology, Accidents of Light, is named in honor of a haibun by Bill Gottlieb, former editor-in-chief of Prevention Books and Rodale Books and author of 15 health books that have sold more than three million copies. Two of his lyrical works appear in this latest anthology of ours, bringing the total of works within to 124, representing 71 writers and artists creating in more than a dozen forms.

The majority of selections are reprinted from KYSO Flash online, Issues Nine and Ten (aka, KF-9 and KF-10). With only five exceptions (mostly essays), written works range from ten words long to a thousand max.

As with our previous anthologies, Accidents of Light includes our nominees for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net and Best Small Fictions awards—along with our nominees for Best Microfiction 2019, which will honor works published in 2018. This new anthology series considers stories of 400 words or fewer, and the debut edition will be published early in 2019 by Pelekinesis Press.

We’re thrilled that four of the works we published last year were selected for these anthology awards, as described in the next two paragraphs:

April 2019: Newsflash! Two prose poems were selected by guest editor Rilla Askew to appear in The Best Small Fictions 2019: “Words for Snow” by Roy Beckemeyer, and “Boy Meets Girl” by Kathleen McGookey.

30 January 2019: Newsflash! Two of the stories we nominated for Best Microfiction 2019 were selected by final judge Dan Chaon to appear in that collection: “Swimming in Circles” by Roberta Beary and “You Can Find Joy in Doing Laundry” by Kathleen McGookey.


KYSO Flash Anthology, Volume 5: Accidents of Light:
Complete list of 71 contributors and 124 works


Discount Offer: Cover price of this gorgeous book is $21 (USD), but through July of 2019 you can get a discount of six dollars off. Each book will be $15 (USD), plus shipping. Click on “Buy Now” below to place your order... Questions or concerns? Please contact Clare MacQueen: KYSOWebmaster [at] gmail [dot] com

 

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and the authors and artists who publish with us!

(Proceeds from sales will help pay for printing costs.)



Touching Fire

A unique collection of more than 50 hybrid prose/poetry works created in response to fine artworks, 47 of which appear in full color in this book. Also includes essays on theory and an interview with the author, Charles D. Tarlton. These prosimetra take full advantage of the ekphrastic form’s opportunities: didactic exposition, personal anecdote, poetic musing, and, of course, great art.

Full cover of Touching Fire, ekphrastic prosimetra by Charles D. Tarlton

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Cover photograph copyrighted © by Ann Knickerbocker
(whose artworks also appear within the book). All rights reserved.

Softcover, 246 pages; ISBN: 978-0998037509

Available at Amazon

An accessible and eminently keepable book, Touching Fire is a treasure to hold and to give. The art alone is a window on a curious and informed mind, so many genres spanning a significant timeframe—a real journey
in art history and interpretation...

—Jack Cooper, co-editor of KYSO Flash
and author of Across My Silence
 

An impressive accomplishment... The fine works in Touching Fire also provide readers with alternative, shifting and enviable views as the poet harnesses the power of tanka prose, delighting the reader with ekphrastic experiences while at the same time keeping the selected art in view.

From the review by Tish Davis, poet and one of Haibun Today’s tanka-prose editors


Available at Amazon

Thanks so much for your support of KYSO Flash
and the authors and artists who publish with us!



A Trembling of Finches: KYSO Flash Anthology 2017
[Series volume 4]

“I am loving A Trembling of Finches. So far everything I’ve read in it is moving, funny, surprising—or a combination of all three.”

—Nancy Ludmerer, award-winning essayist and fiction writer

Cover of the KYSO Flash Anthology, Volume 4

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Cover photograph copyrighted © by Rae Ann M. Garrett. All rights reserved.

Softcover, 248 pages; ISBN: 978-0-9862703-8-3

 

Our fourth annual anthology, A Trembling of Finches, is named in honor of a poem by talented teen writer and editor Daniel Blokh, whose work we’re very pleased to share with you. Three of Blokh’s poems appear in this book, bringing the total of works within to 127, representing 77 writers and artists creating in more than a dozen forms.

The majority of selections are reprinted from KYSO Flash online, Issues Seven and Eight (aka, KF-7 and KF-8). With the exception of editors’ commentaries, written works are no longer than a thousand words each. Please note that, due to time constraints, our publisher has arranged works under each genre-section of the book in alphabetical order by author’s last name.

As with our previous anthologies, this one includes our nominees for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net and Best Small Fictions awards. In addition, winners and finalists of our “One Life, One Earth” (OLOE) writing challenge also appear within.

KYSO Flash Anthology, Volume 4: A Trembling of Finches:
Complete list of 77 contributors and 127 works

 

Thanks so much for your support of KYSO Flash
and the authors and artists who publish with us!

(Proceeds from sales will help pay for printing costs.)



Enter Here

The latest collection of poems by award-winning author and photographer Alexis Rhone Fancher


“...a masterful mashup of sex, noir, and storytelling, all set against a California backdrop and dotted throughout with Fancher’s gorgeous photography.”

—Poet, photographer, and reviewer Francine Witte,
in South Florida Poetry Journal (May 2017)

Full cover of Enter Here, poems by Alexis Rhone Fancher

Cover photograph copyrighted © by Alexis Rhone Fancher. All rights reserved.

Softcover, 114 pages; ISBN: 978-0-9862703-7-6

Available at Amazon

Lust, longing, urban noir, and the emotional ravages and physical heat that colliding souls can’t help making, are all artfully packed into these lyrical narratives by a poet who refuses to hold back...

—Michelle Bitting, author of
The Couple Who Fell to Earth
 

Mixing heartbreak and hilarity, these poems deliver an emotional wallop with the ease of a woman rolling down her nylons.

—Pam Ward, author of Want Some Get Some and Bad Girls Burn Slow


Any self-styled critic who characterizes Alexis Rhone Fancher’s written work as only sexy stanzas would be making an egregious mistake. Far more accurate to portray her poetry as grainy, gritty, noir images by a female version of Henry Miller’s bitter observation of the dirty word ‘relationships,’ or Georges Bataille’s eccentric business of the creative woman at times catering to the psycho-sado fantasies of her lover, or Stephen Schneck’s nightmare world of sensual dreams, but with
an added dose of infectious humor.
—Michael C. Ford, music journalist, playwright,
Grammy-nominated spoken-word artist,
and Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet
 

Alexis Rhone Fancher is not merely a detailed chronicler of our socio-physical interactions—she is by far the most exciting, articulate, and convincing storyteller in contemporary verse.

—Gerald Locklin, poet and fiction author of 100+ books


I write about women like me, women who own their sexuality and take responsibility for their choices. It may seem I’m writing about sex, but really, I’m writing about power. Who has it.
How to get it. How to wield it. How to keep it.
—From “Featured Fem” Alexis Rhone Fancher,
interviewed by The Fem literary magazine
(17 June 2016)
 

Available at Amazon

Thanks so much for your support of KYSO Flash
and the authors and artists who publish with us!



State of the Art: KYSO Flash Anthology 2016
[Series volume 3]


“Clare, the books arrived today. I am so pleased to be included in State of the Art. What a beautiful publication—the artwork, the book design, the typography—all work to make the journal a pleasure to read starting with the jelly fish cover and continuing page after page. As one dives in, one is aware of the fineness of the aesthetic choices made to create the whole. Thank you for the book—a work of art in itself.”

—Patricia J. Machmiller, poet and visual artist

Cover of the KYSO Flash Anthology, Volume 3

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Cover photograph copyrighted © by Suzanne Hawkins. All rights reserved.

Softcover, 301 pages; ISBN: 978-0-9862703-6-9

 

Our third annual anthology, State of the Art, highlights hybrid and ekphrastic works, among a dozen forms overall. This book is our largest thus far, containing 145 works (including 27 visual artworks) by a total of 100 authors and artists.

As with our previous anthologies, our nominees for prizes and awards appear at the beginning of each genre-section and include not only those for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net and Best Small Fictions awards, but also the winners and finalists of the two specialized competitions that KYSO Flash sponsored in 2016, the Triple-F and the HTP Writing Challenges.

KYSO Flash Anthology, Volume 3: State of the Art:
Complete list of contributors and works
(out of print)



KYSO Flash Anthology, Volume 2 (2015)
[second printing, June 2016]


“What an incredible journal! I love how many voices it showcases.”

—Ruth Awad, poet and finalist for the 2013 Ruth Lily Fellowship

Full cover of the KYSO Flash Anthology, Volume 2

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Cover photograph copyrighted © by Alexis Rhone Fancher. All rights reserved.

Softcover, 208 pages; ISBN: 978-0-9862703-4-5

 

Our second annual anthology was first printed in December 2015, with only two books produced—unfortunately, the quality of the printing fell short of our standards of excellence, especially for the artwork, so we removed the anthology right away from distribution. After experimenting with two other printing outfits, we were happy to release this fine collection in June 2016 with images of much better quality.

Contents include 100 works (88 written and 12 visual artworks) by 63 contributors, creating in a dozen forms. Our nominees for the Pushcart Prize, and for the Best Small Fictions and Best of the Net Awards, appear at the beginning of each section.

KYSO Flash Anthology, Volume 2:
Complete list of authors and works
(out of print)



KYSO Flash Anthology of Haibun and Tanka Forms 2015


“This is a very well done collection of haibun (prose + haiku) style writing....
Some of the best in the world of haibun poetry are represented here.
I can highly recommend it.”

—Ray Rasmussen, author of Landmarks: A Haibun Collection, and technical editor of Haibun Today and Contemporary Haibun Online

Full cover of the KYSO Flash Anthology of Haibun and Tanka Forms 2015

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Cover painting, “Olive Tree in Fall Foliage,” copyrighted by Frances Melis. All rights reserved.

Softcover, 58 pages; ISBN: 978-0-9862703-3-8

Table of Contents and purchase details available at Amazon

In-depth critical review by Ray Rasmussen in Haibun Today (June 2016)


“I am glad to see the innovative work that KYSO Flash publishes. The forms of haibun are evolving and your publication certainly is due credit for playing a part in the process.”

—Roberta Beary, haibun editor of Modern Haiku, and author of The Unworn Necklace (recipient of the Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award)

Available at Amazon

Thanks so much for your support of KYSO Flash
and the authors and artists who publish with us!

(Proceeds from sales will help pay for printing costs.)



KYSO Flash Anthology, Volume 1 (2014)


“Holy cow. This is gorgeous!”

—Katey Schultz, author of Flashes of War, winner of the 2013 IndieFab Book of the Year and the 2013 MWSA Gold Medal

Full cover of the KYSO Flash Anthology, Volume 1

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Cover photography copyrighted © 2014 by Cindy L. Sheppard. All rights reserved.

Softcover, 133 pages; ISBN: 978-0-9862703-0-7

 

The first volume of our annual anthology was printed in December 2014, thanks in large part to David Cobb, whose offhand use of a single word (“putative”) in one of his charming emails to our publisher inspired the book’s release a year earlier than planned. Thank you, sir!

Mr. Cobb launched the British Haiku Society in 1990, and his 5,000-word haibun, “Spring Journey to the Saxon Shore,” has been hailed as seminal for the form. We are deeply honored that several of his works appear in KYSO Flash, both online and in print.

Volume 1: Complete list of authors and works
(out of print)



Kudos

Gratefully quoted with kind permission from their respective authors.


I have spent the last couple days luxuriating in Issue 11
of KYSO Flash! What a gorgeous collection
of prose, poetry, and visual art....
—Linda Petrucelli, essayist and fiction writer
(jackrabbitfiction.com); quoted from personal
email to Clare MacQueen (02-26-2019)
 

 

I am loving A Trembling of Finches. So far everything I’ve read in it is moving, funny, surprising—or a combination of all three.

—Nancy Ludmerer, award-winning essayist and fiction writer, who practices law in New York City; quoted from personal email to Clare MacQueen (March 2018)

What an incredible journal!
I love how many voices it showcases.
—Ruth Awad, poet and finalist
for the 2013 Ruth Lily Fellowship
 

 

Your site is a goldmine (I was about to type minefield—maybe that too?) of flash literature. Thank you for your careful curation...!

—Julie Gard, author of Home Studies (New Rivers Press, 2015)

Clare, the books arrived today. I am so pleased to be included in State of the Art. What a beautiful publication—the artwork, the book design, the typography—all work to make the journal a pleasure to read starting with the jelly fish cover and continuing page after page. As one dives in, one is aware of the fineness
of the aesthetic choices made to create the whole.
Thank you for the book—a work of art in itself.
—Patricia J. Machmiller, poet and visual artist  

 

I was cruising about on Duotrope and learned that KYSO Flash ranks among the Most Personable Poetry Markets. No surprise to me.... Thank you for everything—you are the “most personable” editor!

—Harriot West, author of Into the Light, a collection of haibun and haiku (Mountains and Rivers Press, 2014); quoted from personal email to Clare MacQueen (July 2016)

The site is looking wonderful.
You’re really keeping it a fun and vibrant place!
—Mark Hoadley, co-editor of the online
poetry journal, The Maynard
 

 

This book [New Shoes] is some of the best writing I’ve ever read...anywhere! I want to say that I think Gilmore is the truest, most evolved, authentic Buddhist of everyone I know.... He sees it all, rejects nothing, accepts everything as Life, and manages to find laughter and joy no matter what...just like Zorba. It expresses who he is and the gratitude he feels for being alive. New Shoes is a contribution to the soul of the world.

—S. L. Holland, poet and artist

Congratulations. That’s a wonderfully energetic issue.
[KYSO Flash online, Issue 2]
—Lynne Rees, novelist, poet, and teacher  

 

Congratulations!! [The first issue] looks great—and you have a great wealth of authors and literature. Thank you again for giving my work such an august stage. —RH

[KYSO Flash] is full of exciting work, like little out there.
Janne Karlsson’s drawing “Even Men Bleed” is literally heartbreaking. Equally so for Bob Lucky’s “Ethnographic
Vignette #2” on Bedouins being mowed down by cars... “Provocative” was the word I wanted to describe that hit,
that powerful punch I got from this kind
of extraordinary material—the aspect of provocative
that means “knock-your-socks-off” compelling.
—Jack Cooper, poet, playwright, and author
of Across My Silence
 

 

I’ve been browsing the inaugural issue of KYSO Flash and enjoying it very much. Happy to see one of my favorite poets, Allison Luterman, in there. ...I also love all of Nin Andrew’s pieces, and the occasional commentary throughout the issue. —SC

I must say you really have your act together with KYSO Flash; altogether very professional. Some truly fine work in Volume 1.
I also appreciate the variety...
—Philip Wexler, poet  

 


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