Free Registration for Tanka Sunday 2017

Post date: Jun 27, 2017 1:24:22 AM

The Tanka Society of America is pleased to announce its Tanka Sunday conference, set for September 17, 2017, at the Hotel Santa Fe Hacienda & Spa in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This event happens immediately after the Haiku North America conference at the same location, and is directed by Michael Dylan Welch and Kathabela Wilson. Once again, registration is free as a benefit to TSA members, and to nonmembers to encourage their participation.

Our program includes a panel discussion on “Tanka and Haiku—What’s the Difference,” featuring Maxianne Berger, Margaret Chula, Michael Dylan Welch (chair), and Kozue Uzawa. Ribbons editor David Rice will give a presentation on “Reading and Writing Individual and Responsive Tanka Sequences,” TSA president Marilyn Shoemaker Hazelton will talk on “Tanka Groups: Support, Feedback, and Encouragement,” and TSA founder Michael Dylan Welch will give a presentation titled “Tanka Is _________.” We’ll also have an anonymous tanka workshop, celebrate the 2017 Sanford Goldstein Tanka Contest winners, and enjoy readings by Margaret Chula, Mariko Kitakubo, Genie Nakano, Kala Ramesh, David Rice, Kozue Uzawa, and others, plus a “Poets on Site” group reading organized by Kathabela Wilson with flute music by Rick Wilson. We’ll also have “instant featured readers” (put your name in the hat to be chosen at random), a tanka book fair and silent auction (please bring items to sell or to donate), rounds of open tanka reading, a group photograph, a free raffle, and more. Please join us to share your tanka, meet TSA officers and fellow tanka poets, and to learn more about tanka.

Registration is free, but please do so by September 8, 2017 to help us plan for handouts and other needs. For details, please visit our Tanka Sunday page, the Schedule page, and the Registration page. If you have questions, please email Kathabela Wilson at or Michael Dylan Welch at After September 8, you can still show up in person and register on site. Tanka Sunday 2017 follows previous Tanka Society of America conferences in 2003, 2013, and 2015. See photos of our 2015 Tanka Sunday celebration.

See you in Santa Fe!