Many thanks to Randy Brooks and Millikin University for providing time for the formation meeting during the Global Haiku Festival.
Society Name and Officers
Those present elected to name the group the Tanka Society of America, and also elected the following officers:
In addition, Kristen Deming will serve as official advisor and Japanese liaison for the society.
Membership dues are $10.00 for U.S. members, $12.00 for members in Canada, and $15.00 for anyone elsewhere. Membership will include four quarterly newsletters and other benefits as may be determined. Those joining the Tanka Society of America by December 31, 2000 will be considered "charter members." To join, please send dues, payable in U.S. funds to "Tanka Society of America," to:
Donations are also particularly welcome to help get this fledgling society off the ground. Note: If paying by international money order or postal money order, please make dues payable to "Tanka Society of America c/o Larry Lavenz" and send to Job Conger at the above address.
If you have tanka-related news or announcements, or wish to have your tanka books listed in the newsletter, please send information and/or review copies to:
The first issue of the TSA newsletter will be published later this summer. A future issue will feature a complete list of tanka-related books and journals. Please note that the newsletter is *not* seeking tanka poems, but just tanka-related news and information at this time. To publish tanka poems, the society recommends that you submit your work to Laura Maffei, editor of American Tanka, at P.O. Box 120-024, Staten Island, NY 10312 (e-mail: email@example.com); to Jane and Werner Reichhold, editors of Lynx, at P.O. Box 1250, Gualala, CA 94554 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org); or to other journals that publish tanka.
Tanka Contests and Meetings
society has elected to sponsor an annual tanka contest (details
to follow) and to hold meetings at various locations around
the country. The first meeting was held on Sunday, June
18, 2000, in Washington, D.C., from 10:00 am to noon at
Borders Books. (This meeting took place on the same weekend
as a meeting of the Haiku Society of America on June 17.)
Everyone is welcome to join the Tanka Society of America. To be considered a charter member, please send in your dues payment to the secretary by the end of this calendar year.
As Gerald St. Maur wrote in a Haiku Canada Newsletter article on tanka in 1999, tanka poetry
Here's to making many wonderful melodies with our tanka poems, and to decades of mutual support in cooperation with the Haiku Society of America and writers worldwide of haiku, tanka, and related forms of poetry. The Tanka Society of America welcomes your ongoing support and participation.
--Michael Dylan Welch, President