Ribbons: Tanka Society of America Journal

Ribbons is the official publication of the Tanka Society of America. The journal is published three times a year, and each issue offers more than 200 tanka selected for their craftsmanship and originality. Ribbons also publishes essays on tanka by leading poets and scholars, book reviews that are thoughtful and incisive, and translations of poems written by important contemporary Japanese tanka poets. Ribbons seeks the highest standards of aesthetic excellence and scholarship in its goal to advance the writing, study, and appreciation of English-language tanka.


Ribbons Features

  • More than 200 new tanka in each issue. Submissions open to members and nonmembers alike. See submission guidelines.
  • Interviews, tanka prose, essays, and articles on tanka aesthetics, style, and technique, as well as book reviews. See submission guidelines.
  • The “Tanka Café” column featuring tanka written by TSA members only on a different theme each issue (members are most often included, up to about sixty poems per issue). See Tanka Café submission guidelines.
  • “Member’s Choice Tanka” column featuring a short essay about a favorite poem from the Tanka Café column. The poet whose poem is selected receives a $25 award and makes the next selection.
  • “Poet and Tanka” column featuring a poet selected by invitation to write about his or her tanka poetry.
  • TSA news, announcements and contest results.


Ribbons Staff

  • Editor: Christine L. Villa
  • Tanka Prose Editor: Susan Weaver
  • Book Review Editor: Tamara K. Walker
  • Tanka Café Editor: Michael McClintock
  • Layout: Taura Scott

Note: To order extra copies of our journal, Ribbons (and TSA anthologies), see our Publications Sale page, or please first inquire with Kathabela Wilson at poetsonsite@gmail.comYou can also order our latest issue of Ribbons at Lulu.com. On the site’s main page, search for “Tanka Society of America” in the search box. The listing also includes our members’ anthologies. Check us out!