February 2016: Issue 26: Contributors

Theresa A. Cancro (Wilmington, Delaware) writes poetry and short fiction. Her work has been published internationally in online and print journals.

Stephen Cipot is a scientist, runner, and writer with many awards, including a residency with the Edward Albee Foundation. His poetry appears in LI Pulse, Paterson Literary Review, Korean Expatriate Literature, Seventh Quarry, and elsewhere.

Susan Constable began writing tanka in 2009. Her work now appears in numerous journals and anthologies, both in print and online. She is currently the tanka editor for A Hundred Gourds.

Anne Louise Curran lives in Hamilton, New Zealand. She has been writing Japanese verse forms enthusiastically for about four years. She draws inspiration from landscapes, people, and language.

Tracy Davidson writes poetry and flash fiction. Her work has appeared in various publications, including A Hundred Gourds, Atlas Poetica, Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Herons Nest, Pinesong and Prune Juice.

Mary Davila and her husband, Frank, live in Buffalo, NY. She relies on her faith for everything, including writing. Mary’s haiku, haiga and tanka have been published in numerous online journals and in print. Her website is Petals in the Light.

Janet Lynn Davis has written tanka for ten years and maintains a poetry blog, twigs&stones. She served as vice president of the Tanka Society of America from 2014 through 2015.

Barry George is the author of Wrecking Ball and Other Urban Haiku and The One That Flies Back, a chapbook of tanka. He lives and teaches in Philadelphia.

Paul Hadella is a teacher, journalist, and musician, living in southern Oregon. His poetry and fiction have appeared in small-press publications since the 1990s.

Haiku Jezebel has only recently begun to submit her Japanese form work. She lives in Washington State.

Vishnu P. Kapoor is retired from the Indian Air Force and is devoting time to reading and composing haiku, tanka and Urdu poetry.

Kat Lehmann (Connecticut, USA) is a scientist-poet who explores the grandiose captured within the minute. Her book of poetry is Moon Full of Moons (2015, Peaceful Daily). Twitter: @SongsOfKat

Chen-ou Liu is currently the editor and translator of NeverEnding Story and the author of five books.

Thomas Martin was born on a farm in Southeastern USA and graduated from the University of North Carolina. He has written poetry since his teen years. He lives in Beaverton, Oregon with his spouse, Joyce.

Carol Purington writes from a storybook dairy farm complete with maple trees, barefoot kids, and songbirds. Her latest tanka publication, Faces I Might Wear, is on Lulu and Amazon.

Will Reger has written poetry since the 7th grade, and has been published in Wilderness Interface Zone, Songs/Cycles, Fire in the Pasture, Hymns Today, Dialogue, Herontree.com, and the Vermilion Literary Project. Currently, he teaches history at Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois.

Shloka Shankar is a freelance writer residing in India. A lover of Japanese verse forms, she is also the founding editor of the literary & arts journal, Sonic Boom.

Ken Slaughter currently serves as vice president of the Tanka Society of America. He lives in central Massachusetts with his wife and two cats.

John Stevenson is a charter member of the Tanka Society of America and a founding member of the Route 9 Haiku Group (Upstate Dim Sum).

Beth Suter is an award-winning poet and Pushcart Prize nominee from Northern California with a B.S. in Environmental Science and experience working as a naturalist and teacher.

Lesley Anne Swanson is a Pennsylvania poet who can’t sing a note, but strives to write tanka and haiku that sing for her.  She is honored to have won awards for both.

Stephen Toft was born in Hampshire, UK in 1980 and now lives in Lancashire, where he works with adults with disabilities. In 2008 he had his first collection of haiku published by Red Moon Press.

Martin Vest’s tanka and haiku have appeared (or soon will) in Modern Haiku, Ribbons, The Red Moon Anthology, Frogpond, and elsewhere.

Linda Jeannette Ward‘s tanka collection, Scent of Jasmine and Brine is available from Inkling Press, Canada.  Her award winning haibun collection, A Delicate Dance of Wings is at Amazon.

Keith Woodruff has a Masters in poetry from Purdue University’s creative writing program and lives in Ohio. His haiku have appeared in Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Mayfly, and Big Sky: the Red Moon Anthology, and his tanka in Tangled Hair.