Susan Burch

First Vice President

Hagerstown, Maryland


Susan Burch began writing tanka in April 2013 after reading winning contest poems on the Tanka Society of America website. She loved the brevity of the form and submitted to Ribbons, which published her first tanka and encouraged her to keep writing. She has placed in several tanka contests since then, and coordinates the TSA contest, along with two of the annual contests for Mandy’s Pages. Her ongoing goal is to promote the tanka form and to attract new readers and writers to tanka poetry.

Grand Canyon—

even in my darkest days

how you loved me

loved me

loved me

First Place, Fleeting Words Tanka Contest 2017

the space in me

or the space in bed?

the cold spot

where my husband

should be

Skylark 5:2, Winter 2017

in Lowe’s

contractor pickup area

a man asks me

if it hurt

when I fell from heaven

Atlas Poetica humorous tanka special feature, 2017