KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 4: Fall 2015
Nonfiction: 608 words

Introduction: Issue 4

by Clare MacQueen,

Welcome to our latest issue! Thanks so much for taking time to visit. Our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has written to say how much they enjoy our little journal. We deeply appreciate your support.

And with KF-4, we’re delighted to offer yet another phenomenal issue, a cornucopia of remarkable flash works and vibrant visual arts to savor. In fact, this is our largest vis-arts issue yet, with 30 paintings, drawings, and photographs. You’ll also find here a handful of fine flash fiction, plus 40-some poetic works, including haibun, lineated poems, prose poems, and tanka prose.1

Please be sure to check these out in particular:

Living Will, a recent poem by Doug Anderson, author of Horse Medicine (poetry), Keep Your Head Down: Vietnam, the Sixties, and a Journey of Self-Discovery (memoir), and The Moon Reflected Fire (war poems)

A dozen images by a contemporary Renaissance man, David Victor Feldman, who teaches mathematics at the University of New Hampshire, where he also creates astonishing digital art based on algorithms. Plus, he composes music, builds his own musical instruments, and shoots photographs of the natural world (including insects such as moths and dragonflies).

Drawings by mixed-media artist and animator Chloë Feldman Emison, who’s also the daughter of our Featured Artist

Two reviews by Contributing Editor Jack Cooper of out-of-the-ordinary works: (1) Reading to the Beat, on the CD collaboration an INTRODUCTION: Dan Turèll + Halfdan E meets Thomas E. Kennedy, with poems by Turèll translated and read by Kennedy, and music by film composer Halfdan E; and (2) Video Poetry: Synergy or Dependency? which includes flash analyses of films of poems by Michelle Bitting, Billy Collins, Tanya Davis, and Langston Hughes

Jazz Garden and Jazz Street, eye-popping paintings by Debra Hurd, appear within Cooper’s review of the CD mentioned above. Plus, the section below her bio includes links to several more of her vivid depictions of city scenes and musical artists.

We also have Kathryn Kulpa’s review of The Best Small Fictions 2015, the exciting new anthology series edited by Tara L. Masih. This debut volume, scheduled for release on 6 October, is guest edited by Robert Olen Butler.

And Jack Feerick’s review of BSF appears on our new Facebook page, where we plan to offer reviews and other content between launchings of our online issues. Please consider supporting KYSO Flash by “liking” our FB page and by sharing our link with your friends, family, and colleagues. A thousand thanks!

Last but not least, we invite you to explore our haibun stories and tanka prose, forms that we’ve solicited this year in order to fill a special-edition print anthology which is scheduled for release at the end of November 2015.

This month (October), author Roberta Beary is judging selected haibun and tanka-prose pieces that were first published in KF-2 thru KF-4. She will choose the best three for cash prizes, and results will be announced on the 15th of November. Please stay tuned to our Facebook page for details.

As always, thanks so much for dropping by! We hope you enjoy what you find on our menu...


  1. Content: The total of 93 works includes 63 written works—41 of which (about 65%) are new and published in KYSO Flash for the first time anywhere—and 30 artworks, the majority of which first appeared elsewhere online.

    Please note that we consider works, both written and visual arts, which appear on social media such as Facebook to have been published already, especially since they may have been viewed and shared by hundreds, or even thousands of folks.

  2. VIDA: For folks like me who are interested in such numbers, KF-4 contains works by a total of 41 authors and artists, 21 of which are women. About VIDA: Women in Literary Arts

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