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MacQueen’s Quinterly: Knock-your-socks-off Art and Literature
Updated: 28 April 2024


Contributing Editors Jack Cooper Kika Dorsey Gary S. Rosin Editor-in-Chief Clare MacQueen

As reported by The Weather Experts in the St. Petersburg Times (20 July 2007 edition, page 3):

If [you are] struck by lightning, your socks and shoes may be knocked off. The reason is the rapid evaporation and expansion of sweat on your skin. You may not be hurt if the current does not enter your body.

MacQueen’s Quinterly (aka MacQ) is the new name for the journal we published as KYSO Flash from Fall 2014 through Summer 2019. “KYSO” is an acronym for Knock Your Socks Off, which refers to the kind of electrified words and artworks that we still like to publish and showcase.

Beyond the new name and a more frequent publication schedule—that is, five times per year—our editorial focus remains essentially the same. And, like KYSO Flash, MacQ is distinguished from the majority of web-based literary journals and magazines by these features:

In addition to the Contents page, an index is available which lists works alphabetically by name of contributor and allows quick browsing of content within the website. Also available, a site map, and these resources are accessible from the navigation menus at the top and bottom of each page.

In the interests of transparency (and for her own information), MacQ publisher Clare MacQueen provides Statistics for each issue, including number of submissions received, number of works considered, number of works accepted for publication, and VIDA stats, the total numbers of women and men contributors. The statistics also include percentages of average acceptance rates and “new to MacQ” contributors.

Details about each work appear in the upper right-hand corner of the white background of the webpage. These data list the issue in which the piece appears, its genre and word count, and whether it’s a “reprint” (aka a republication), notated by “[R]” after the word count. Such details are included primarily for Clare’s convenience, but MacQ readers may also appreciate having them.

Below some of our contributor bios, readers will find a section called “More on the Web: By, About, and Beyond,” which features links to optional readings. These may include other works by the contributor, interviews, essays on the craft of writing and/or on artistic techniques, and even related websites of interest—resources provided by our publisher especially for voracious readers (as she is), who are always curious to learn more.

Clare custom designed MacQueen’s Quinterly not as an online magazine, but as a website, with a slight retro flavor. Not surprising that it looks and behaves like a website then—which she thinks is pretty cool.




Jack Cooper
Contributing Editor Emeritus:

Photo of Jack Cooper
Photo by Daniela Le Roy

Jack Cooper served as co-editor of MacQ’s sister journal, KYSO Flash, from 2016 thru 2019 (Issues 6–12).

He is the author most recently of Silly Lily’s Rhyming Adventures in Nature (Eco-Justice Press, November 2023):

His poetry collection Across My Silence was published in 2007 by World Audience, Inc.

His poems, microfictions, and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Crosswinds Poetry Journal, Earth Island Journal, MacQueen’s Quinterly, North American Review, and Rattle. His poetry has been nominated four times for a Pushcart Prize and was recently anthologized in Earth Song: A Nature Poem Experience (T. S. Poetry Press, NY; 2022).

Cooper graduated with a BS in Biology from the University of the Redlands, received a second bachelors degree (in English) from the University of Trondheim in Norway, and holds a teaching credential from Cal State Dominguez Hills. The former communication director at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, he worked for many years in the same capacity at John Tracy School for Deaf Children in Los Angeles.

Cooper lives with his wife, Kazuko, in Eugene, Oregon. They have a garden with English peas and roses, a cat named CouCou, and two sons, Jesse and Clay (who live in Los Angeles).

Kika Dorsey
Contributing Editor:

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Photo by Jack Greene

Kika Dorsey is a poet, fiction writer, and educator who lives with her two children, husband, and pets in Colorado. Her poems have been published in Freshwater, KYSO Flash, MacQueen’s Quinterly, The Columbia Review, The Comstock Review, The Denver Quarterly, The Pennsylvania Literary Journal, and numerous other journals and books. Her writing has been nominated five times for the Pushcart Prize.

She is the author of four books: the full-length collection Occupied: Vienna Is a Broken Man & Daughter of Hunger (Pinyon Publishing, 2020), which won the Colorado Authors’ League Award for best poetry collection; two full-length collections published by WordTech Editions, Coming Up for Air (2018) and Rust (2016), the latter of which was reviewed by Clare MacQueen in KYSO Flash (Issue 6, Fall 2016); and a chapbook, Beside Herself (Flutter Press, 2010).

Ms. Dorsey is also an instructor of English at Front Range Community College and works as a writing coach, editor, tutor, and ghostwriter. In her free time, she swims miles in pools and runs and hikes in the open space of Colorado’s mountains and plains.

Author’s website: http://kikadorsey.com

Gary S. Rosin
Contributing Editor:

Photo of Gary S. Rosin (20 May 2023)
Photo by Jan S. Rosin
(20 May 2023)

Gary S. Rosin is a retired Professor of Law who taught at South Texas College of Law in Houston for 38 years (1984-2022). He is also a poet, artist, and regular contributor of poems and haiga to MacQueen’s Quinterly and her predecessor KYSO Flash.

His first poetry publication was circa 1974 in The Pearl, the monthly magazine supplement of The Daily Texan.

And his work has since been published in numerous literary and poetry magazines, including Concho River Review, Eastern Structures, Failed Haiku, Harbinger Asylum, Poetry24, The Legal Studies Forum, The Lift, The Wild Word, and Visions International.

Rosin’s work also appears in several anthologies, including Accidents of Light (KYSO Flash, 2018), contemporary haibun (Volume 17, Red Moon Press, 2022), Earth Hymn (KYSO Flash, 2019), Faery Footprints (Fae Corp Publishing), Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku & Haiga (Dos Gatos Press), State of the Art (KYSO Flash, 2016), Texas Poetry Calendar (Kallisto Gaia Press), Untameable City: Poems on the Nature of Houston (Mutabilis Press), and elsewhere.

His poems “Black Dogs” and “Viewing the Dead” were nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Two of his poems appear in Silent Waters, photographs by George Digalakis (Athens, 2017). Rosin is the author of two chapbooks, Standing Inside the Web (Bear House Publishing, 1990) and Fire and Shadows (Legal Studies Forum, 2008) (offprint).

Editor-in-Chief / Curator:
Clare MacQueen

In the image at right (cropped from a snapshot circa late-1950s), Clare MacQueen is three years old, wearing pig-tails and truly tickled, probably just to hear herself laugh. Though she’s been a “grown-up” for a decade or two, she still believes that Silliness and Laughter are among Life’s greatest blessings and pleasures.

Founding Editor at Three Years Old: Life is One Big Laugh!

Clare is founding editor, webmaster, publisher, and curator of MacQueen’s Quinterly, the “sister” arts and literary journal to KYSO Flash, the latter of which she founded in 2014 and retired in 2019. She and her former co-editor Jack Cooper published more than a thousand works in KYSO Flash by 400+ authors and artists. Through her micro-press, KYSO Flash Press (retired in 2020), she designed and produced 20 printed books including six annual anthologies. Those who contributed works to KYSO Flash online received a complimentary copy of the printed anthology each year.

She has also designed and produced two printed books via MacQ: Writing to Heal: Self-Care for Creators (1 May 2024), in collaboration with essayist and abstract artist Kendall Johnson; and Triggered: A Pillow Book (November 2023), in collaboration with poet and photographer Alexis Rhone Fancher and visual artist Kenna Barradell.

Photo of Clare MacQueen, by Gary Gibbons
Photo by Gary Gibbons
Botanical Gardens in
Bellevue, WA (2006)

Clare also served as Webmaster and Associate Editor for Serving House Journal (SHJ) from its inception in January 2010 through its retirement in May 2018 after publishing 18 issues. During the years of its publication, SHJ was ranked by Web del Sol as among the Top 50 Literary Magazines.

Since 2019 she has served on the Senior General Advisory Board for The Best Small Fictions, formerly published by Sonder Press (four volumes: 2019-2022) and now published by Alternating Current Press.

Tara L. Masih, award-winning editor and author of books such as Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction and My Real Name is Hanna (among others), founded The Best Small Fictions (BSF) anthology series in 2014.

In 2017 and 2018, Clare was a member of the General Advisory Board for BSF, then published by Braddock Avenue Books.

For the 2016 edition of BSF, published by Queen’s Ferry Press, she served as Assistant Editor, Domestic. And for the debut issue, published in 2015, she was one of two roving editors.

Clare’s short fiction and poetry have been published in New Flash Fiction Review, Firstdraft, Bricolage, and Serving House Journal.

Two of her small fictions: Tasting the New and Dog Days

One of her essays was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appeared in Best New Writing 2007, where it earned an Eric Hoffer Best New Writing Editor’s Choice Award. Another of her essays, The Fragrance of Levity, was also nominated for a Pushcart; it appears in Serving House Journal (Fall 2011) and in the anthology Winter Tales II: Women on the Art of Aging.

Although Clare rarely finds time and energy to write book reviews these days, thirteen of her reviews appeared in MacQ, KYSO Flash, and Serving House Journal (aka SHJ). Here are links to a few:

Two Must-Read Books by the Queen of Ekphrasis (Winter in June and Pretty Time Machine by Lorette C. Luzajic) in MacQ, August 2021
“No Succinct Summary Will Do Them Justice” (A Cast-Iron Aeroplane That Can Actually Fly: Commentaries From 80 American Poets on Their Prose Poetry edited by Peter Johnson) in MacQ, March 2020
“Softball-Sized Eyeball Washes Up on Florida Beach”: The Proetic Vision of Kathleen McGookey (Instructions for My Imposter) in KYSO Flash, Summer 2019
“Where the Mind’s Scribbling Ends” (Beneath the Coyote Hills, a novel by William Luvaas) in SHJ, Spring 2017
Tip-of-the-Iceberg Stories: Grant Faulkner’s Fissures: One Hundred 100-Word Stories (flash-length review) in KYSO Flash, Fall 2015
Our Daily Bread by Lauren B. Davis (flash-length review of a novel) in SHJ, Spring 2012

Web work: Clare’s frustrations as a Web surfer led her to design her first website in 1999. Ever since, she has kept things simple, even “old-fashioned”: design and build user-friendly sites that are easy on the eyes and easy to navigate.

Education and Training: In 1990, Clare was awarded a BA degree in English/Creative Writing from San Diego State University. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, under the name of Lisa Marie Smith (former married name). She also studied British Lit, publishing, and technical writing at the graduate level. And she worked for eight years as a technical editor at the University of Washington.

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