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

 

December 2019

To be
announced

November 2019
Front Cover of Earth Hymn, the 2019 KYSO Flash anthology
November 2019
Front Cover of The War Still Within, by Tanya Ko Hong (Hyonhye)
October 2019
Front Cover of Carmody & Blight: The Dialogues, by Charles D. Tarlton
 
October 2019
Front Cover of Synchronized Swimmers, by Tim Hawkins
September 2019
Front Cover of Get Up and Dance, by Charles D. Tarlton
September 2019
Front Cover of Edible Grace, by Guy Biederman
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.


Beginning in 2020, KYSO Flash Press will no longer produce printed anthologies. But we’re exploring the possibilities of e-anthologies...



Earth Hymn: KYSO Flash Anthology 2019
[Series volume 6]

Full cover of Earth Hymn: KYSO Flash Anthology 2019

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Cover art, Low tide at Strawberry Hill, Oregon coast,
is copyrighted © 2018 by MaRco Elliott. All rights reserved.

Softcover, 286 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9980375-8-5

Earth Hymn is named in honor of the poem by Bianca Glinskas that received our Editors’ Choice Award for Issue 12 of KYSO Flash online.

This gorgeous anthology is number six in our annual series—and our final print edition (a swan song of sorts). Several factors made our publisher, Clare MacQueen, decide to stop producing printed books: time, energy, and budgetary constraints in large part, but also because she wants to stop printing on paper manufactured from the reckless destruction of our “tall, green friends” (to borrow the charming and oh-so-true term from one of her favorite essays, Trees Please, by Jack Cooper, co-editor of KYSO Flash.)

This amazing collection contains 138 works, by a total of 85 writers and/or artists creating in more than a dozen forms and sub-genres: from fiction to “faction,” from lineated poems to prose poetry and poetic hybrids of several variations, and from paintings, photographs, and drawings to haiga, taiga, and photo-poems.

Earth Hymn: KYSO Flash Anthology 2019:
List of contributors and works

Book is scheduled for release on 30 November 2019.

Copies will be available for purchase from the publisher, via this page.
Of course, contributors will receive a complimentary copy
(which Clare plans to mail out before Christmas).

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



The War Still Within

Weaving together two cultures, poetry by Tanya Ko Hong (Hyonhye) gives voice to multiple generations of Korean and Korean-American women. This collection contains 36 poems, including a well-researched, vividly imagined sequence of six poems based on experiences of Korean “comfort women” forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army during WWII.

In The War Still Within, Tanya Ko Hong weaves a scarlet thread from Korea to the United States, from World War II to yesterday, from ancient stories to cell phone calls—this blood-soaked thread is the suffering of women and the legacy handed down from mother to daughter, for generations and across continents. These poems invoke exquisite imagery to tell the truth about exploitation, cruelty, betrayal, and displacement. The stories of these women burn themselves into your heart.

—Terry Wolverton, poet, novelist, and author of 12 books, including Ruin Porn

Full cover of The War Still Within, poems of the Korean diaspora by Tanya Ko Hong

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Cover photograph by Charles H. Hatfield (3 September 1944;
U.S. Army 164th Signal Photo Company), U.S. National Archives

Softcover, 78 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9980375-6-1
LCCN: 2019913280

Available at Amazon


Tanya Ko Hong captures in these spare, elegant poems, a world of cruelty, suffering, and survival. Here is beauty juxtaposed
with pain so deep it’s almost impossible to put into words.
And yet this fine poet does just that. She breaks our hearts
with the truth and astonishes us with her compassion.

—Ellen Bass, Chancellor of the Academy of
American Poets, author of ten books (poetry and
nonfiction), and professor of creative writing
 

Dedicated in part to her long-dead mother and to women who have lost their names, Tanya Ko Hong’s The War Still Within wages its battles in one exquisitely revealing poem after another. The author gives names to the nameless: the Korean comfort women during WWII, as well as women who came after, women who suffered too long in silence, whose sad fate shackled them to lives of quiet desperation. This extraordinary book is for them, and for all of us.

—Alexis Rhone Fancher, poetry editor of Cultural Weekly and author of five books of poetry


The compressed, intense, emotionally chilling poem “Comfort Woman” impressed me greatly and...has moved to tears
many of those who have read or heard it.
—John Rosenwald, poet, translator, professor
emeritus, and co-editor of Beloit Poetry Journal
from 2002 to 2016
 

In The War Still Within, Tanya Ko Hong illuminates dark corners of forbidden territories. She exposes her own history and struggles as a Korean-American woman, and in a searingly frank sequence she writes in the voices of those who were Korean “comfort women” during WWII. She delicately balances a stance that is explicit as well as gorgeously reflective. She vivifies and deepens experience in this dynamic collection. We should follow her lead, follow her call as a way into the future: “Tonight my tongue cuts galaxy.”

—Molly Bendall, author of five books of poetry and professor of English at USC Dornsife (University of Southern California)


Great injustices are difficult to render in small literary spaces, but Tanya Ko finds the right tone—sensitive, intimate, yet restrained. In sparse, precise scenes, “Comfort Woman” both informs and moves us in unforgettable ways.
—Leonore Hildebrandt, Creative Writing faculty,
University of Maine
 

Available at Amazon

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



Carmody & Blight: The Dialogues
(New and selected poetry and prose)

Full cover of Carmody & Blight: The Dialogues, by Charles D. Tarlton

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Cover photograph Wisps Surrounding the Horsehead Nebula is copyrighted
© 2012 by SSRO (Star Shadows Remote Observatory).
All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Softcover, 186 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9980375-7-8
LCCN: 2019914085

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A collection of 130 tanka prose poems and stories featuring the characters Carmody and Blight, created by Charles D. Tarlton, author of these KYSO Flash books: Get Up and Dance (ekphrastic tanka prose poems inspired by dance-works) and Touching Fire (more than 50 hybrid prose/poetry works created in response to fine artworks).

Here’s a sampling from his latest:

CARMODY: The now is difficult, you know? Come right up to it—
it slithers away. Look back upon it—it shrugs its shoulders
and curls its lip. There just isn’t any—now.


BLIGHT: What were we doing this exact same time yesterday?

—Charles D. Tarlton, in
Carmody & Blight: The Dialogues
 


#15

CARMODY: Hypothetically speaking.
BLIGHT: And then what?
CARMODY: Exactly.

He smoked two packs of unfiltered cigarettes every day of his adult life, drank whisky in the mornings, worked around the polluting oil rigs at Signal Hill for thirty years, and was partial to bacon, butter, and sweets. He died in his nineties somewhere in the Mojave. No one had the heart to perform an autopsy.

from one brush stroke
to another, piling up
figuration
in textured reds, abrupt
yellows, a long line of blue

intimidating gestures
harness our fears—this mode
of reasoning
need and can, modalities
prospering under the gun

in the kitchen
heated transformations
rising biscuits
the crisped skin of roast chicken
cold butter on the tongue


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and the authors and artists who publish with us!



Synchronized Swimmers

Synchronized Swimmers is a wistful marvel of a collection. “Whatever I propose...will never do it justice,” one poem’s speaker laments, and indeed the world’s mysteries and heartbreaks are too vast and complex for language. Yet the poems and stories in this book reach achingly into that abyss and fill a reader with hope. These are explorations of grief and loneliness, tender and searching, urging us to value our connections to each other and to the planet we inhabit: “Whisper some small true words/ bearing the scars of your teeth/ and we shall savor the harvest with our tongues.” It’s not enough; it’s what we can do.

—Amorak Huey, author of Boom Box and Seducing the Asparagus Queen

Full cover of Synchronized Swimmers, poems and stories by Tim Hawkins

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Softcover, 64 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9980375-5-4

Available at Amazon


“The Painter’s Garden” is the first piece in Tim Hawkins’ latest book, and to me, that title is significant. When I imagine a painter’s garden, I picture a place filled with beauty and memory, filled with the stuff of inspiration that leads to a greater and more nuanced view. The reader finds in Synchronized Swimmers a world that circles back upon itself, and though the paintings in that first work are “consumed by fire and forest,” they still exist because we view them.

In this same way, memories that arise here continue to exist no matter how much time has passed. The memory of a father appears to be lost in the “frost-covered and locked” morgue entrance but is available in the “iridescent metal of starlings wheeling and calling in bright shafts of morning light.” A sense of time seems freed from its moorings in these poems, and not only memories are free to move about, but other imaginings as well, all of these things accessible to us on the page, just as “all the dogs of his life will come running in from the countryside trailing their leashes, at long-last free to roam in feral, headlong packs.”

—Jennifer Finstrom, poetry editor of Eclectica Magazine (2005–2018)


Available at Amazon

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and the authors and artists who publish with us!



Get Up and Dance

An unusual collection of 15 ekphrastic prosimetra (prose + poetry) inspired by dance-works, from a short film by Thomas Alva Edison of Annabelle Moore performing the serpentine dance in 1897, to dances from mid-20th-century movies, to a range of modern dance performances. These prosimetra are a unique blend of critical and didactic exposition, personal anecdote, poetic musing, and, of course, great dance-works. This collection also includes art by Ann Knickerbocker.

Full cover of Get Up and Dance, ekphrastic poems by Charles D. Tarlton

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Cover art copyrighted © by Ann Knickerbocker. All rights reserved.

Softcover, 88 pages; ISBN: 978-0-9980375-3-0

Available at Amazon


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and the authors and artists who publish with us!



Edible Grace

A chapbook collection of 16 lyrical micro-prose works (prose poems, micro-fictions, micro-memoir), with both humor and pathos. Includes seven photographs by the author and a pen-and-ink drawing by Tula Biederman.

Full cover of Edible Grace, lyrical micro-prose by Guy Biederman

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Cover photograph copyrighted © by Guy Biederman. All rights reserved.

Softcover, 38 pages; ISBN: 978-09980375-4-7

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and the authors and artists who publish with us!



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 September 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


[Tarlton’s] writing reveals a deep interest in philosophy and art history... This is a book worthy of study on many levels... And I came away from this with a deeper appreciation of art, which is why I’ll probably keep dipping into it. I see things a little differently now. What else can you ask of a book?

From the review by Bob Lucky, editor of Contemporary Haibun Today


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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

 

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and the authors and artists who publish with us!

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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

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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

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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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