KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 2: Winter 2015
Nonfiction: 382 words

Introduction: Issue 2

by Clare MacQueen,
Founding Editor/Publisher

Welcome to the second issue of KYSO Flash! Thanks so much for taking time to visit us. And a thousand thanks to everyone—writers, readers, and supporters—for your overwhelmingly positive responses to our first issue.

We’re thrilled to report that this one is just as awesome, offering as it does numerous new and electrifying works to knock your socks off. Although we’ve published too many fine pieces to list here, I would like to mention just a few we’re especially excited about:

Three new poems (plus several republished gems of various genres) by our Featured Artist, Alexis Rhone Fancher, a Los Angeles-based writer and photographer whose first collection of poetry is both erotic and well-written,both discomfiting and liberating, with a gritty candor that Bukowski might have admired.

Five astonishing new pieces by Arlene Ang, author of four poetry collections. If Ang’s work is new to you, don’t let her demure appearance in photographs fool you—to my mind, she’s a writer of fierce imagination and surprising, gut-wrenching imagery. (See also my review of her latest book, Banned for Life.)

Plus, we are pleased and honored to be first to publish works by two fine writers who recently decided to try their hand at flash “faction” (aka nonfiction): novelist Bill Mesce, Jr. with his evocative CNF piece, Tides and poet C. C. Russell with his lyrical micro-memoir, Another Summer at the End of the World.

As a line and production editor who’s gaga over mechanical details, I am downright delighted to include Layout in Haibun, a new, nuts-and-bolts craft essay by editor and master haibunist David Cobb. I’m also happy to republish in this issue words of wisdom on craft from Grant Faulkner, Bryan Furuness, and Thomas E. Kennedy.

Of course, to borrow a malaphor: These examples barely scratch the tips of the literary and visual-arts icebergs that await your exploration!

Micro-fictions, graphic flash, prose poems, paintings, sculptures, haibun, flash plays—the list of wonderful works goes on and on. In fact, there are so many that our job of nominating the finest for next year’s Best of the Net Anthology, Best Small Fictions, and the Pushcart Prize will be difficult indeed.

As always, many thanks for dropping by, and we hope you enjoy what you find on our menu...

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