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

Books

Kudos
KYSO Flash Logo
 
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)
 
The cover of State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies was designed by its author Alexis Rhone Fancher.
The cover of Enter Here was designed by KF publisher Clare MacQueen in collaboration with
Alexis Rhone Fancher. Covers of other books were designed by Clare MacQueen.

 
Please note that KYSO Flash Press is not looking for book manuscripts at this time.
The 2017 KYSO Flash anthology is scheduled for release in December 2017 and
will contain works first published in Issues 7 and 8 of the KYSO Flash online journal.

 

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

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

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

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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)
 

 

Thanks so much for your support of KYSO Flash
and the authors 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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Softcover, 301 pages; ISBN: 978-0-9862703-6-9

Cover photograph copyrighted by Suzanne Hawkins. All rights reserved.

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.

Volume 3: Complete list of works and contributors

 

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

(Proceeds from sales will help pay printing costs.)



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

Cover photography copyrighted by Alexis Rhone Fancher. All rights reserved.

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 are now happy to release this fine collection 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.

Volume 2: Complete list of authors and works

Although we’re happy that Volume 2 sold out so quickly, we’re sorry that our overstretched budget will not allow us to have more copies printed just yet. If you would like to place an order for Volume 2, please contact Clare MacQueen: KYSOWebmaster [at] gmail [dot]com

 

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

(Proceeds from sales will help pay printing costs.)



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

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

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)

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

(Proceeds from sales will help pay printing costs.)



KYSO Flash Anthology, Volume 1 (2014)

“Holy cow. This is gorgeous!”
—A delighted contributor

Full cover of the KYSO Flash Anthology, Volume 1

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

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

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

 

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

(Proceeds from sales will help pay printing costs.)



Kudos

Gratefully quoted with the kind permissions of their respective authors.


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

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

 

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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