Tanka Sunday 2015 Schedule

We’ve planned an exciting day of tanka events, with ample breaks for socializing and to purchase books at our bookfair. To join us, please register today—registration is free!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

All Tanka Sunday events will be held in the King Street 2 meeting room (except as noted at 1:30 pm) at the Desmond Hotel, our accommodations. The following schedule is subject to minor changes.

12:30 pm Check-in and walk-in registration opens

1:00 pm Welcome, introductions, and round-robin reading of tanka, led by Michael Dylan Welch, TSA founder, and Kathabela Wilson, TSA secretary, with greetings from Margaret Chula, TSA president (not able to be present), read by Janet Lynn Davis, TSA vice president

1:30 pm Beginning tanka-writing workshop led by Laura Maffei

Experienced tanka-writing workshop led by Aya Yuhki (meet in The Lodge)

2:15 pm Break (buy books, swap tanka handouts, write tan-renga)

2:30 pm Panel Discussion: “Why Do We Write Tanka?”

Tom Clausen, Marilyn Hazelton (co-chair), Amy V. Heinrich, Laura Maffei, David Terelinck, Michael Dylan Welch (co-chair), and Aya Yuhki

3:30 pm Group photo, followed by a break

3:45 pm Loss, Longing, and Reconciliation: Tanka Poetry and Issei Japanese Americans Imprisoned During World War II”

Nancy Matsumoto and Kyoko Miyabe

4:15 pm Break

4:30 pm “Reading and Writing: Tanka Arithmetic” keynote presentation by Amy V. Heinrich

5:30 pm Break for dinner (hotel restaurant)

7:00 pm Readings

  • Moonbathing reading, organized by Pamela A. Babusci, featuring Sondra J. Byrnes, Carolyn Coit Dancy, Carol Judkins, Deborah P Kolodji, Beverly Acuff Momoi, Lesley Anne Swanson, Kathabela Wilson, and Joyce Wong, with flute music by Rick Wilson [30 minutes]

  • Red Lights reading, organized by Marilyn Hazelton, featuring Maxianne Berger, Tom Clausen, Carlos Colón, Guy Simser, Kenneth Slaughter, David Terelinck, Michael Dylan Welch, and Aya Yuhki, with percussion by Kathabela Wilson [30 minutes]

  • Amy V. Heinrich reading her Japanese tanka and translations [15 minutes]

  • Performance of the Tanka Society of America’s 2015 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest winners, coordinated by Janet Lynn Davis and Kathabela Wilson, with flute music by Rick Wilson [10 minutes]

8:25 pm Break [10 minutes]

8:35 pm More Readings

  • International tanka readings by Aya Yuhki (in Japanese and English), Laura Maffei (American tanka), Kala Ramesh (Indian tanka), David Terelinck (Australian tanka), and Mariko Kitakubo (in Japanese and English) [50 minutes]

  • Open reading [20 minutes]

  • Tanka Poets on Site reading, organized by Kathabela Wilson, with flute music by Rick Wilson [20 minutes]

10:00 pm Socializing at hotel lounges and restaurants (the bar is open until 1:00 am)