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Tanka Haiga Invitation

posted Feb 13, 2020, 5:32 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 13, 2020, 5:32 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 April 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 Your haiga can be artwork, photos, sumi, or other art (with a tanka) and can be published or unpublished, but please realize that if it’s chosen and published, it may be inadmissible to some journals.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.

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!

Goldstein Tanka Contest Deadline Extended

posted Jun 1, 2019, 1:18 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 1, 2019, 1:18 AM ]

The deadline for the TSA’s Goldstein International Tanka Contest has been extended for one week, to June 7, 2019, so if you haven’t already submitted, you’ve now got an extra week. But don’t wait that long—submit before then! See the submission guidelines and send in your poems right away.

Alexis Rotella to Edit the 2019 TSA Members’ Anthology

posted Mar 14, 2019, 2:05 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 14, 2019, 2:06 PM ]

The Tanka Society of America is pleased to announce that Alexis Rotella will edit the 2019 TSA members’ anthology. The submission window is slightly different this year—July 15 to September 1, 2019. Publication will be in the fall of 2019, and all members will receive a free copy. David Rice will once again do the layout and design. Read the complete submission guidelines. We look forward to your participation!

Tanka Monday Call for Proposals

posted Feb 28, 2019, 11:11 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 28, 2019, 11:11 AM ]

The Tanka Society of America is pleased to announce that it will have another tanka conference immediately after Haiku North America, this year in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Tanka Monday will be held on August 12, 2019 (with poetry readings the night before). If you have a reading (especially for new tanka books), a workshop, or other tanka-related presentation to propose, please email Michael Dylan Welch at WelchM@aol.com or Kathabela Wilson at poetsonsite@gmail.com by March 31 (please mention if you have any special audio-visual needs such as digital projection). Hope to see you at Haiku North America (August 7 to 11) and Tanka Monday (August 12)—visit the links provided for complete information on registration, accommodations, transportation, and other details. Thank you!

2019 TSA Calendar and Tanka Contest

posted Feb 9, 2019, 7:38 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 9, 2019, 7:52 PM ]

Our TSA Calendar has recently been updated for 2019. On it, you’ll see that we’re having another tanka conference after Haiku North America, this time calling it Tanka Monday, to be held on August 12, 2019, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and giving us much more time for presentations, workshops, and readings, starting Sunday evening. More information will be coming soon.

In addition, guidelines for the 2019 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest have now been added to the TSA Contest page. We have a new submission process this year, using a new online form that should be much easier for the contest coordinators to administer, and hopefully easier for everyone who submits too. This year’s submission window is April 1 to May 31, and results will be announced on August 12 at Tanka Monday.

Thank you for your ongoing support of the Tanka Society of America!

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