Portals presents tanka poems by attendees of the Tanka Society of America’s 2013 Tanka Sunday conference, together with a dozen brief reminiscences. Organized by Margaret Chula and Michael Dylan Welch, this event took place on August 18, 2013, aboard the Queen Mary ocean liner docked in the harbor at Long Beach, California. Portals features forty-three previously unpublished tanka by twenty-five contributors, including two translations by keynote speaker Steven D. Carter. Edited by Amelia Fielden and Michael Dylan Welch.

Photography, layout, and design by Michael Dylan Welch.

Tanka Society of America, 2014, 40 pages, 6x9 inches

ISBN 978-0-616-00035-9

How to Order

To order a copy of Portals at $7 plus shipping, please visit Amazon [link to come] (conference attendees each receive one free copy).

“Tanka Sunday joins the Tanka Society of America’s Tanka Day, which took place in 2003 in New York City, as a key event in the society’s history. Quite aside from the distinctive surroundings of meeting aboard the Queen Mary cruise ship, it was a pleasure to see old friends and meet new ones. It’s a rare treat for society members to gather like this to discuss and share tanka poetry. If only we could be together like this more often.”

—Michael Dylan Welch


Introduction, page 7

Tanka, page 9

Highlights of Tanka Sunday, page 35

Contributors, page 40


The following links lead to publicity for Portals.

Boynton Blog, April 19, 2014 overview of Portals by Judy Kleinberg.


Margaret Beverland — Katikati, New Zealand

Sondra Byrnes — South Bend, Indiana

Steven D. Carter — Menlo Park, California

Terry Ann Carter — Victoria, British Columbia

Margaret Chula — Portland, Oregon

Marcyn Clements — Claremont, California

Carlos Colón — Shreveport, Louisiana

Janet Lynn Davis — Waller, Texas

Cherie Hunter Day — Cupertino, California

Susan Diridoni — Kensington, California

Amelia Fielden — Buff Point, Australia

William Hart — Montrose, California

Barbara Hay — Ponca City, Oklahoma

Marilyn Hazelton — Allentown, Pennsylvania

Carol Judkins — Carlsbad, California

Mariko Kitakubo — Tokyo, Japan

Deborah P Kolodji — Temple City, California

Janis Lukstein — Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Naia — Temecula, California

Genie Nakano — Hawthorne, California

David Rice — Berkeley, California

N. E. Taylor — Los Angeles, California

Kozue Uzawa — Burnaby, British Columbia

Michael Dylan Welch — Sammamish, Washington

Kathabela Wilson — Pasadena, California