Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest
Tanka Prose Contest Results (special 15th anniversary event)
Dr. Sanford Goldstein was born in 1925, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, America’s oldest literary society, in 1949. He was promoted to professor of English at Purdue University in 1971, where he taught until he retired. He was also a professor at Niigata University in Japan from 1953 to 55, from 1964 to 66, from 1972 to 74, and from 1987 to 89. In 1993 he retired to Japan, where he helped to establish a new university. At Purdue he said he would still be teaching, but Japanese professors retire at 80—he was 88 when they “fired” him. Goldstein passed away in May of 2023. In addition to many books of his own tanka, his books of tanka translations include Akiko Yosano’s Tangled Hair, Takuboku Ishikawa’s Sad Toys, Mokichi Saito’s Red Lights, Shiki Masaoka’s Songs from a Bamboo Village, and Ryokan’s haiku and tanka. To learn more about Sanford Goldstein, please see “Spilling Tanka: An Interview with Sanford Goldstein,” conducted by Patricia Prime in 2004, first published by the TSA. See also “Sanford M. Goldstein Eulogy,” by Dave Goldstein. Read more about Sanford Goldstein at AHA Poetry. Also see his books on Amazon.