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— Tara L. Masih, editor of Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction

Contents: Issue 11: Spring 2019

KF-11 Featured Artist

Our “Trees Please” Issue


Fiction Flash
(501–1,000 words)
Hybrids:
Haibun Stories
& Tanka Tales
Micro
(up to 500 words)
Faction About Issue 11 Bio Notes CNF, Essays, Etc. The DavenTree:
Ekphrastic Challenge
Visual Arts
Poetic & Hybrid Forms Ekphrastic Works Haibun (Prose + Haiku) Haiga (Art + Poetry) Poems, Lineated Prose Poems Tanka Prose
 

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About Issue 11
Clare MacQueen Introduction
Statistics [for all issues; also includes VIDA data]
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CNF, Essays, Etc.
Roberta Beary Now It’s All Fresh Fish [R]
Roy Beckemeyer See Ekphrastic Works below.
Jack Cooper Trees Please
John Olson The Ballad of Zopitty Bop Bop [A Meditation on Pain] [R]
Pamela Johnson Parker What I Told the Jehovah’s Witnesses
and Why They’ll Never Be Back
[R]
Charles D. Tarlton See Ekphrastic Works below.
 

NOTE:

An “[R]” after titles indicates reprinted works.

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Ekphrastic Works

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Section I: The DavenTree
 
Jack Cooper and Clare MacQueen Results of The DavenTree Ekphrastic Writing Challenge
Steve Davenport “Another cup of Mad Hatter, please”: Judging The DavenTree Challenge
 
 

Prize-Winners:

Claire Everett Windfall Wood [tanka tale] [Winner]
Ellaraine Lockie The Mother Tree, Germany 1860s [poem] [First Finalist]
Pamelyn Casto A Crucible of Sighs [prose poem] [Second Finalist]
Devon Balwit Tell-Tale [poem] [Third Finalist]
Stacey Balkun Origin, Poison, Honey [poem] [Fourth Finalist]
 
 

Semi-Finalists, Unranked:

Marilyn Baszczynski The Legend of a Daven Tree [haibun story]
Donna Isaac Story [poem]
Linda Petrucelli Genus: Fabella [micro-poem]
Daryl Scroggins Cutting for Sign in the Big Thicket [micro-fiction]
Sam Wright Daven Tree Emerging [poem]

Section II: Our Ekphrastic Feast Continues...
 
Roy Beckemeyer Transit East [CNF]
Jack Cooper Demon Moth [limerick prose]
Robert L. Dean, Jr. Three Ekphrastic Poems:
Ghost Town
The Last of the Firemen
Windmill
Liz Dolan Ethel Rosenberg Reflecting on Her Trial and Execution for Treason [poem] [R]
Melinda Giordano Photograph of the Comtesse Greffulhe by Paul Nadar [poem] [R]
Elizabeth Kerlikowske God’s mustache fell from a great height with cloud still on it. [prose poem]
Lorette C. Luzajic Four Ekphrastic Prose Poems:
Family Photographs
Fresh Strawberries
January River
Night Moves
John Olson Gooey Evolution [CNF] [R]
Alexis Rhone Fancher Uncaged [micro-poem]
Gary S. Rosin Fat Shadows [poem]
Charles D. Tarlton Proem: Ekphrasis and the Abstract Work [essay]
Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park #17 (1968) [tanka prose] [R]
Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park #67 (1973) [tanka prose]
Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park #109 (1978) [tanka prose] [R]
Charles D. Tarlton Richard Diebenkorn: Three Ekphrastic Moments [Carmody & Blight Dialogues] [tanka prose]:
Preface [R]
Ocean Park #116 (1979) [R]
Ocean Park #118 (1980) [R]
Charles D. Tarlton The Moon in Almagest [tanka prose] [R]
Harriot West The Emperor’s Tailor Goes to Paris [micro-fiction]
 
Note: If you’re interested in submitting ekphrastic works to us, wonderful! We hope you’ll take a few minutes to read our tips,
Ephective Ekphrastics: A Guide for Verbalizing Art, which include additional examples of what we’re looking for.
 
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Featured Artist

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An Mayou Cathedral of Trees:
Artworks and Micro-Poems
[R]
 
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Fiction, Flash (500–1,000 words)
Roberta Beary Remembrance of Things Past
AN Block That Is So Brooklyn
Kelli Fitzpatrick Lived Through: A Triptych:
To Still Her Completely
Breaking Up Light
Burying Them Deep
Soramimi Hanarejima Runningmate
The Stewardship of Private Accounts
Elizabeth Kerlikowske Why We Are Here
K. Alan Leitch In Deep
Linda Petrucelli This Is Not a Drill
Sheree Shatsky Magazine Rack
Sole Man
Bess Vanrenen Risk Factors for Dying
Leslie What Shut Up and Eat Your Kale
 
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Fiction, Hybrids: Haibun Stories & Tanka Tales
Marilyn Baszczynski See Ekphrastic Works above.
Roberta Beary The Mixologist
Chuck Brickley Sweet Chariot [R]
Glenn G. Coats Wild Onions [R]
Claire Everett See Ekphrastic Works above.
Karen Petersen The Gaucho
Kathryn J. Stevens Fieldstone Manor
Harriot West Past Continuous [R]
The Proverbial Straw [tanka tale] [R]
tucked away [R]
Rich Youmans After the Dream, the Dream Remains
 

NOTE:

An “[R]” after titles indicates reprinted works.

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Fiction, Micro (up to 500 words)
Roberta Beary London Book Fair
Guy Biederman iPad Island
Rue de la Bûcherie
Laton Carter Single Dwelling Blues
The Interloper
The Mud
Kika Dorsey The Waiting Room
Soramimi Hanarejima Listening to the Weather
Elizabeth Kerlikowske On Meteorologists
The International Skirt-Making Competition
Rina Rich Langer Red Is the New Black [abecedarian]
Nancy Ludmerer Collateral Damage
Heirloom
Karen Petersen An Orkney Weekend
Linda Petrucelli Big Island Guidebook [R]
Meg Pokrass Greetings From Mars
Mood Ring
Alexis Rhone Fancher For the Russian Waitress at the Yorkshire Grill Who Reads Akhmatova on Her Break [prose + photograph] [R]
Daryl Scroggins See Ekphrastic Works above.
Harriot West See Ekphrastic Works above.
 

NOTE:

An “[R]” after titles indicates reprinted works.

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Haibun (Prose + Haiku)
Peter Jastermsky Blue Tarp Rich
Bob Lucky Almost a Still Life
Alexis Rotella New Year’s Eve in the North of Italy
Christine Taylor Mercury is in retrograde
Rich Youmans Alka-Seltzer
 
See also Fiction, Hybrids: Haibun Stories & Tanka Tales above.
 
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Haiga (Visual Art + Poetry)

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George Digalakis and Gary S. Rosin This bird stands ready
Gary S. Rosin A ladder of light
Alexis Rotella Three Haiga:
Insomnia [R]
Poetry Break [R]
Sunday afternoon [R]
 

NOTE:

An “[R]” after titles indicates reprinted works.

 
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Poems, Lineated
Doug Anderson Homage to Li Shang Yin [R]
I Will Not Say F-U to Mitch McConnell on
Twitter Again (Shakespeare’s Ghost Returns)
[R]
Stacey Balkun See Ekphrastic Works above.
Devon Balwit See Ekphrastic Works above.
Roy Beckemeyer Cathedral
Fracking Oklahoma
Gavotte
Laton Carter Live Oak
Carrie Close Air
Jack Cooper The Turtles of La Escobilla [R]
Robert L. Dean, Jr. See Ekphrastic Works above.
Liz Dolan See Ekphrastic Works above.
Melanie Dunbar Voyageur
Charnjit Gill Defibrillator [micro-poem]
Melinda Giordano See Ekphrastic Works above.
Tim Hawkins A Long Broken Passage
Synchronized Swimmers
The Perfect Spiral [R]
Two Brothers
Donna Isaac See Ekphrastic Works above.
Elizabeth Kerlikowske Elegy
Nina Lindsay A Visit
When I Was the Moon
Ellaraine Lockie See Ekphrastic Works above.
Jeremy Nathan Marks Something illegal
Linda Petrucelli See Ekphrastic Works above.
Alexis Rhone Fancher See Ekphrastic Works above.
Laura Rose Ode to My Uni-Ball
Gary S. Rosin See Ekphrastic Works above.
Alexis Rotella Two Micro-Poems:
Folding a Towel
Whispers
Nan Rubin Just Between Us
Nana in Deep Freeze
David Subacchi At the Post Office (#3) [R]
On the Train (#16) [R]
Silence (for Sister Wendy Beckett) [R]
Sam Wright See Ekphrastic Works above.
 

NOTE:

An “[R]” after titles indicates reprinted works.

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Prose Poems
Guy Biederman Paper Clip Mechanics
Laton Carter Open Hand
Pamelyn Casto See Ekphrastic Works above.
Melanie Dunbar The Soul of the Dead Quail Has Lodged in My Chest
Linda Nemec Foster Amber Museum, Gdansk
The Girl Among the Hydrangeas, Paris
Elizabeth Kerlikowske See Ekphrastic Works above.
Lorette C. Luzajic See Ekphrastic Works above.
Kathleen McGookey At the Secretary of State
Crooked River Gorge
Softball-Sized Eyeball Washes Up on Florida Beach
John Olson 82 Buttons Unbuttoned in Bliss [R]
 

NOTE:

An “[R]” after titles indicates reprinted works.

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Tanka Prose
Claire Everett See Ekphrastic Works above.
Charles D. Tarlton See Ekphrastic Works above.
Harriot West See Fiction, Hybrids: Haibun Stories & Tanka Tales above.
 
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Visual Arts

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Steve Davenport [The DavenTree] [drawing] [R]
George Digalakis See Haiga above.
Marco Elliott Two Paintings:
Le vieux marronnier en fleur, Péchal (The old chestnut in flower, Péchal) [R]
Low tide at Strawberry Hill, Oregon coast [R]
Melinda Giordano Three Artworks:
Beyond Reach [graphite drawing]
Violets [crayon drawing]
Whither Shall I Wander [graphite drawing] [R]
Mary Hatch See her painting Birdbride [R] in God’s mustache fell from a great height with cloud still on it.
Roger Higgins See his 1951 B&W photograph (Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, separated by heavy wire screen as they leave U.S. Court House after being found guilty by jury) [R] in Ethel Rosenberg Reflecting on Her Trial and Execution for Treason.
Devi S. Laskar Three Artworks:
Untitled photograph of stones [R]
Another brick in the wall [photograph] [R]
Red arches [digital art] [R]
Skyler Lovelace See her painting Flint Hills Night Burn [R] in The Last of the Firemen.
Éduoard Manet See his painting Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe (The Luncheon on the Grass [R] in The Emperor’s Tailor Goes to Paris.
An Mayou See Featured Artist above.
Paul Nadar See his photograph (Countess Greffulhe wearing “the Lily Dress” created by the House of Worth, 1896) [R] in Photograph of the Comtesse Greffulhe by Paul Nadar.
Pat Napombejra Two Paintings:
Garden Hose [R]
Rusty Red [R]
Alexis Rhone Fancher See Fiction, Micro above.
Gary S. Rosin See Haiga above.
Alexis Rotella See Haiga above.
Steven Schroeder See his painting Politics [R] in Ghost Town.
See his painting Nothing Makes It Work [R] in Windmill.
 

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