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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 To submit up to five unpublished tanka (members only), please see the submission guidelines.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.

Happy New Year, Tanka Society of America!

posted Jan 1, 2020, 12:07 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jan 1, 2020, 12:08 AM ]

明けましておめでとう。

To kick off the new year, which is also the Tanka Society of America’s 20th anniversary year, the society is pleased to share a short new video featuring the winners of the 2019 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest, judged by Michelle Brock and Hazel Hall, coordinated by Susan Burch. It features poems by Dorothy McLaughlin, Michael H. Lester, David Terelinck, Pris Campbell, Louis Osofsky, Sara Ellison, Kathy Lippard Cobb, and Marion Clarke. Gratitude to Christine L. Villa, our new Ribbons editor, for making this video. Please have a look. And here’s to a superb year ahead!

TSA Election Results

posted Nov 24, 2019, 4:57 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Nov 24, 2019, 5:02 PM ]

The Tanka Society of America is pleased to report that the following people have been elected or reelected as officers for the 2020–2021 term:

President: Michael Dylan Welch
Vice President: Susan Burch
Secretary: Kathabela Wilson
Treasurer: James Won
Ribbons Editor: Christine L. Villa
Webmaster: Michael Dylan Welch

We are pleased to welcome Christine as a new officer, and send a deep bow of thanks to David Rice for serving as Ribbons editor from 2012 through 2019.

In addition, we have updated the list of Past Officers, which had been missing particular information. Thank you to an’ya for helping to complete this information.

New Ribbons Editor

posted Sep 12, 2019, 10:05 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 12, 2019, 10:05 AM ]

The Tanka Society of America thanks David Rice for his eight years of service as editor of the society's journal, Ribbons. He has announced that he now wishes to hand over the reins to a new editor, and has proposed Christine L. Villa as his replacement. Pending the upcoming TSA officer election, we are pleased to welcome Christine to this new position starting as soon as David publishes his final issue this fall. Watch for news about the election of officers for the 2020–2021 term, coming soon. In the meantime, please join the TSA in thanking David for editing our flagship journal so reliably, and for managing the publication of our annual membership anthologies. Thank you, David.

We are also pleased to welcome Tamara K. Walker as the new Ribbons book review editor, an appointed position, effective immediately. For more information, please see the Ribbons submission guidelines. Welcome, Tamara. Our next submission deadline is December 31.

2019 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest Results

posted Aug 23, 2019, 12:59 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 23, 2019, 1:00 PM ]

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest, judged by Michelle Brock and Hazel Hall. We were delighted to announce the winners at Tanka Sunday on August 11, 2019 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 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. Our top three winners are Dorothy McLaughlin, Michael H. Lester, and David Terelinck, with honourable mentions going to Pris Campbell, Michael H. Lester, Louis Osofsky, Sara Ellison, Kathy Lippard Cobb, and Marion Clarke, selected from 595 entries, coordinated by Susan Burch. Congratulations to all, and thank you to everyone who supported TSA by entering.

Tanka Monday Final Schedule

posted Aug 4, 2019, 1:28 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 4, 2019, 1:28 AM ]

Tanka Monday is just one week away. Check out the final schedule, featuring a pleasing variety of readings, presentations, writing exercises, an anonymous workshop, group discussion, and more. Hope to see you in Winston-Salem, North Carolina!

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