2020 Goldstein Contest Judges

Our gratitude to Margaret Dornaus and Claire Everett for judging the Tanka Society of America’s 2020 Goldstein International Tanka Contest.

Margaret Dornaus
holds an MFA in the translation of poetry from the University of Arkansas. She began studying and writing Japanese short-form poetry in 2010. In 2011, she was awarded first-place honors in the Tanka Society of America’s Goldstein International Tanka Contest. Since then, her haiku, tanka, and haibun have received multiple awards and have been published in numerous online and print journals and anthologies. She has served as the South Region coordinator for the Haiku Society of America and the book review editor for the Tanka Society of America’s journal Ribbons, and coedited the Tanka Society membership anthology The Right Touch of Sun, as well as South Wind: A Haiku Anthology. Her first book of poetry, Prayer for the Dead: Collected Haibun & Tanka Prose, released through her small literary press Singing Moon, received a 2017 Merit Book Award from the Haiku Society of America.

Claire Everett
has won several awards for short-form poetry. She served on the editorial panel for the Red Moon Anthology and was a coeditor for Take Five Best Contemporary Tanka (Volume 4, 2011). In 2015 she edited the Tanka Society of America’s members’ anthology, Spent Blossoms. She served as tanka-prose editor for Haibun Today from 2011 to 2016, and was founding editor of the tanka journal Skylark from 2013 to the final issue, summer 2019. Claire is a keen tandem-cyclist and yogi. Her “day job” finds her supporting adults with learning disabilities, autism, and complex needs.