David Rice

Former Ribbons Editor

1470 Keoncrest Drive

Berkeley, CA 94702 USA


David Rice has been writing tanka since 1990 and is a charter member of the Tanka Society of America. His tanka have appeared in various tanka anthologies since 1991. He was one of the coeditors of Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka, Volume 4 (Keibooks, 2012) and became the editor of Ribbons in 2012. He has a special interest in responsive tanka and self-published, with Cherie Hunter Day, Kindle of Green, in 2008. David lives in Berkeley, California with his wife, and three of their children and three grandchildren live nearby. He works as a psychologist.



spring walk

with the rocky gurgle

of a mountain stream—

when it went underground

I missed you


Woodnotes, #19, 1993



field after field

so splashed with poppies and lupine

it's impossible

to describe this feeling

    back home my friend is worse


Tanka Society of America Newsletter, Volume II, No. 2, 2001

First Place, TSA 2001 International Tanka Contest



my grandson asleep

in the baby carrier

the weight

of wanting to live longer

heavy on my shoulders


Mariposa #22, 2010

Third Place, Haiku Poets of Northern California 2009 San Francisco International Tanka Contest