English 170, Tanka Writing Roundtable is a one-credit writing workshop modeled after Japanese tanka groups. Tanka? Yes, tanka, the Japanese poem which extends beyond the perception-based tanka moment into the emotional or psychological heart of lyrical expression. Reading goals will be to become familiar with Modernist and Contemporary Japanese and English-language tanka. Writing goals will be to immerse students in writing original tanka and collaborative tanka sequences. The class will have several kukai contests. Each student will create a small chapbook of their best tanka and submit their best tanka to a literary journal.
The primary goal of this course is to plan, develop, and complete a tanka collection with the support and critical response of peers.
The secondary goal is to have fun sharing the creative process in a small workshop atmosphere. We will celebrate the variety of voices and experiences that will be evident in the projects.
Tanka Writing Roundtable Authors
Kukai 1 • Kukai 1 Results
Kukai 2 • Kukai 2 Results
Matching Contest 1
Matching Contest 1 Results