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2018-19 Tanka Society of America Election Results

posted Sep 28, 2018, 11:55 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 28, 2018, 11:57 AM ]

Thank you to members who voted in the 2018–19 Tanka Society of America officer election. Here are the results, representing 70 people who voted:

PRESIDENT:
     Michael Dylan Welch 63
     Write-In 2 (Michael McClintock; David Rice)
     Abstain 5

VICE PRESIDENT:
     Susan Burch 63
     Write-In 2 (Joan Zimmerman; Kathabela Wilson)
     Abstain 5

SECRETARY:
     Kathabela Wilson 69
     Write-In 0
     Abstain 1

TREASURER:
     James Won 66
     Write-In 0
     Abstain 4

RIBBONS EDITOR:
     David Rice 61
     Write-In 0
     Abstain 9

WEBMASTER:
     Michael Dylan Welch 62
     Write-In 2 (no name specified; Susan Constable)
     Abstain 6

Your elected officers look forward to serving the Tanka Society of America and its members through the end of 2019. Thank you.

2018-19 Tanka Society of America Election

posted Aug 30, 2018, 1:15 PM by Michael Dylan Welch

The Tanka Society of America is pleased to announce its election for 2018-19 officers. Although this election has been delayed, officers have been acting in various positions, or continuing in existing positions, making sure that TSA operations and activities have continued as usual. Only current 2018 TSA members may vote. To vote, please visit the 2018-19 TSA Election page at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf4kpEHyuU_PrsSM-YlkfG_596VMbTFOR0hvJG6mowN1OVBlw/viewform, and enter your selections. The deadline for voting is September 25, 2018. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Tanka Society of America.

2018 TSA Anthology Announced

posted Aug 12, 2018, 10:49 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 22, 2018, 10:44 AM ]

Just posted to the TSA Anthologies page is a link to submission guidelines for our 2018 Tanka Society of America membership anthology, to be edited by Shrikaanth Krishnamuthy. The submission deadline is September 30, 2018, but why wait until then? All members receive a free copy of the anthology as a membership benefit.

2018 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest Results

posted Aug 11, 2018, 11:58 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 12, 2018, 12:23 AM ]

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest, judged by Jessica Malone Latham and Neal Whitman. 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 Debbie Strange, Kathy Kituai, and Alison Williams, with honourable mentions going to Louis Osofsky, Christine L. Villa, Sheila Sondik, Michael Lester, and twice to Debbie Strange, selected from 476 entries, coordinated by Susan Burch. Nicely done!

2018 Tanka Contest

posted Apr 7, 2018, 9:46 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 7, 2018, 9:53 AM ]

The in-hand deadline for the 2018 Sanford Goldstein tanka contest is May 31, 2018. For more information, visit the “How to Enter the Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest page. Thank you to Susan Burch for coordinating this years contest, and to Jessica Malone Latham and Neal Whitman for serving as judges. How about entering this years TSA contest?

TSA Members’ Anthology Submissions Due August 31

posted Aug 27, 2017, 6:47 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 27, 2017, 6:47 PM ]

Our deadline is fast approaching for the 2017 TSA members’ anthology, to be edited by Margaret Dornaus and David Terelinck. Submissions from members are due by August 31, 2017. Read the 2017 Anthology Submission Guidelines and make sure you’re included!

2017 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest Results

posted Aug 1, 2017, 11:33 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 1, 2017, 12:34 PM ]

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest, judged by James Chessing and Janet Lynn Davis. 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 Linda Jeannette Ward, Tom Clausen, and Susan Burch, with honourable mentions going to Donna Buck, Sheila Sondik, Michael H. Lester, Joy McCall, Jenny Ward Angyal, and Debbie Strange, selected from a record-high number of 650 entries, coordinated by Ken Slaughter. Well done!

Free Registration for Tanka Sunday 2017

posted Jun 26, 2017, 6:24 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 26, 2017, 6:25 PM ]

The Tanka Society of America is pleased to announce its Tanka Sunday conference, set for September 17, 2017, at the Hotel Santa Fe Hacienda & Spa in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This event happens immediately after the Haiku North America conference at the same location, and is directed by Michael Dylan Welch and Kathabela Wilson. Once again, registration is free as a benefit to TSA members, and to nonmembers to encourage their participation.
     Our program includes a panel discussion on “Tanka and Haiku—What’s the Difference,” featuring Maxianne Berger, Margaret Chula, Michael Dylan Welch (chair), and Kozue Uzawa. Ribbons editor David Rice will give a presentation on “Reading and Writing Individual and Responsive Tanka Sequences,” TSA president Marilyn Shoemaker Hazelton will talk on “Tanka Groups: Support, Feedback, and Encouragement,” and TSA founder Michael Dylan Welch will give a presentation titled “Tanka Is _________.” We’ll also have an anonymous tanka workshop, celebrate the 2017 Sanford Goldstein Tanka Contest winners, and enjoy readings by Margaret Chula, Mariko Kitakubo, Genie Nakano, Kala Ramesh, David Rice, Kozue Uzawa, and others, plus a “Poets on Site” group reading organized by Kathabela Wilson with flute music by Rick Wilson. We’ll also have “instant featured readers” (put your name in the hat to be chosen at random), a tanka book fair and silent auction (please bring items to sell or to donate), rounds of open tanka reading, a group photograph, a free raffle, and more. Please join us to share your tanka, meet TSA officers and fellow tanka poets, and to learn more about tanka.
     Registration is free, but please do so by September 8, 2017 to help us plan for handouts and other needs. For details, please visit our Tanka Sunday page, the Schedule page, and the Registration page. If you have questions, please email Kathabela Wilson at poetsonsite@gmail.com or Michael Dylan Welch at welchm@aol.com. After September 8, you can still show up in person and register on site. Tanka Sunday 2017 follows previous Tanka Society of America conferences in 2003, 2013, and 2015. See photos of our 2015 Tanka Sunday celebration.
     See you in Santa Fe!

TSA Contest Update

posted Jun 25, 2017, 10:08 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 25, 2017, 10:08 PM ]

Good news! We received more entries for this year’s Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest than we have for any prior contest! For 2017, we had 108 poets in eight different countries submit a record total of 650 entries. Our judges, James Chessing and Janet Lynn Davis, are now busy making their selections, and we expect to announce the results sometime in July. Many thanks to James and Janet for undertaking this labor of love, and thanks to everyone who entered our 18th annual tanka contest.

TSA Drawing Winners

posted Apr 14, 2017, 8:19 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 14, 2017, 8:19 AM ]

It’s OUR birthday, but five of YOU are getting the birthday presents! To celebrate the 17th anniversary of the Tanka Society of America, which was founded on April 14, 2000, we’re giving away five free back issues of our tanka journal, Ribbons. The drawing for those who entered was held on April 11, and we’re pleased to announce the following winners, who each get one free back issue:
  • Susan Burch (USA) 
  • Mary Kendall (USA) 
  • Eric Lohman (USA) 
  • Aron Rothstein (USA) 
  • Joanne Watcyn-Jones (Australia) 
We’ll be contacting each winner directly to arrange the selection of a back issue of Ribbons. Thank you all for entering. And happy 17th birthday to the Tanka Society of America!

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