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Young Adults Tanka Group

posted May 22, 2021, 1:51 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 4, 2021, 4:24 PM ]

The Tanka Society of America is forming a group of young adults (under 40) who share an interest in tanka. The group will workshop poems, learn from guest speakers, and offer community centered on young adults and tanka. The group is open to both beginners and experts in tanka, as well as those who are not TSA members. If you are interested, and under 40, please fill out this form. If you have any questions, reach out to Ryland Li at li.ryland@gmail.com.

New Ribbons Editor

posted Apr 22, 2021, 12:44 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 22, 2021, 12:44 AM ]

The Tanka Society of America is pleased to announce that Susan Weaver is now our new editor for Ribbons. We are grateful to Christine L. Villa, who has served in this position for four issues but recently announced her desire to step aside. Susan had already been helping Chrissi with recent issues and we’re very fortunate that she can take over editing duties, with Chrissi’s help during the transition. Michael H. Lester will help with the transition, too, and we’re also pleased to welcome Liz Lanigan as our new Ribbons tanka prose editor. These changes require updates to our Ribbons submission guidelines, so please do check them out. Please also visit Susan Weaver’s new officer page to learn more about her and to read three sample tanka. Welcome, Susan!

2021 TSA Members’ Anthology to Be Edited by Michael H. Lester

posted Feb 6, 2021, 5:15 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 6, 2021, 5:21 PM ]

The Tanka Society of America is honored to announce that Michael H. Lester will serve as editor for the 2021 TSA members’ anthology. The submission window for entry is June 1 to July 31, 2021, and Michael will respond to all submissions by August 31. All 2021 TSA members who submit five tanka will be guaranteed inclusion in the anthology, to be published this fall and sent for free to all current members. See the submission guidelines. Or, if you’re not yet a member, please join today.

2021 Goldstein Contest to Be Free, and Judges Announced

posted Feb 3, 2021, 11:07 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 3, 2021, 2:09 PM ]

The Tanka Society of America is pleased to announce that the judges for the 2021 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest will be Autumn Noelle Hall and Don Miller. In addition, the society has decided to make its contest permanently free to enter, up to five tanka per person, with donations encouraged to offset costs. Please read the 2021 Goldstein contest guidelines, which welcome your submissions from April 1 to May 31, 2021. We look forward to receiving your entries!

Dance into the World: 2020 TSA Members' Anthology Now Published

posted Dec 2, 2020, 1:29 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 2, 2020, 1:30 PM ]

The Tanka Society of America is pleased to announce its 2020 members’ anthology, Dance into the World, edited by Michael Dylan Welch in celebration of the society’s 20th anniversary. The book showcases tanka by 175 poets in seven themed sections: “The Earth Is Alive” (nature), “This Slender Thread” (death and dying), “Barefoot to the Sunset” (love), “Letting the Firefly Go” (family), “Umbrella Inside Out” (miscellaneous), “Garden of Dwindling Petals” (coronavirus pandemic), and “Path to Holy Waters” (travel). A free copy of the book will be shipped out to each member in mid to late December. You can order extra copies on Amazon for $12.00.

TSA 20th Anniversary Taiga Showcase

posted Sep 23, 2020, 4:12 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 23, 2020, 4:12 PM ]

To help celebrate the Tanka Society of America’s twentieth anniversary in 2020, Susan Burch solicited and compiled “taiga” (haiga featuring tanka) to display on the society’s Facebook page. They appeared on the site from April 1 to 21, 2020. Near the end of the month, Christine L. Villa put together a video featuring the submitted taiga, and posted it on YouTube. Contributing poets in order of appearance are Julie Thorndyke, Bing Bingham, Debbie Strange, Pat Geyer, Pamela A. Babusci, John Martell, Izumi Shikibu, Ignatius Fay, Susan Burch, Xenia Tran, Pris Campbell, Alexis Rotella, Anne Benjamin, Carol Raisfield, Michael H. Lester, Christine L. Villa, an’ya, Pravat Kumar Padhy, Julie Bloss Kelsey, and Mary Ashbaugh.


2020 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest Results

posted Aug 9, 2020, 1:40 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 11, 2020, 12:34 AM ]

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest, judged by Margaret Dornaus and Claire Everett. Results and commentary are now live, with the top three poems posted to the home page, and complete commentary available through the Winners and Judges’ Comments page. Also check out the video by Christine L. Villa. Our top winners are Jenny Ward Angyal, Pamela A. Babusci, and Rebecca Drouilhet, selected from a record-high number of 925 entries, coordinated once again by Susan Burch. Congratulations to all, and thank you to everyone who supported TSA by entering.

2020 TSA Membership Anthology

posted Jul 5, 2020, 1:19 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jul 5, 2020, 1:19 PM ]

Members, we need your tanka! The Tanka Society of America is pleased to announce that its 20th anniversary members’ anthology will be edited by TSA founder and president, Michael Dylan Welch. Michael edited the first TSA anthology in 2002. The submission window is from July 15 to August 31, 2020, and the anthology will be published in the fall of 2020. To submit up to five unpublished tanka (members only), please see the submission guidelines.

Announcing the 2020 Goldstein Tanka Contest

posted Mar 28, 2020, 12:01 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 28, 2020, 12:01 AM ]

The Tanka Society of America is pleased to announce the 2020 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest. In honor of the society’s 20th anniversary, the contest is FREE to enter this year. You may submit up to seven tanka. Thank you to Susan Burch for serving as contest coordinator, and to Margaret Dornaus and Claire Everett for serving as our judges. Submissions are due by May 31, 2020 (in hand). To enter, please see the submission guidelines. As before, one lucky entrant will also receive a free TSA membership for 2021. Good luck!

Tanka Haiga Invitation

posted Feb 13, 2020, 5:32 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jul 5, 2020, 1:51 PM ]

In celebration of the Tanka Society of America’s 20th anniversary and in honor of National Poetry Month, we have decided to run a special “Tanka Haiga” feature across the society’s social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr) in April 2020. To participate, please submit one tanka haiga (no haiku please) with the subject heading “TANKA HAIGA” to Susan Burch at sehbtree@yahoo.com between February 14 and March 14, 2020. Your haiga can be artwork, photos, sumi, or other art (with a tanka) and can be published or unpublished, but please realize that if it’s chosen and published, it may be inadmissible to some journals. Collaborations are welcome. Please include your contact information (and if it’s a collaboration, those of your partner) when submitting. If you have any questions, please email Susan.

See video on YouTube of complied submissions.

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