January 2015: Issue 24: Contributors

Andrew Albritton is working on a Ph.D. in English from the University of Nottingham. He is writing his thesis about punctuation marks(!). He lives in Springfield, Missouri, and works at Missouri State University.

Robert Annis teaches at the University of South Florida. He won the Bettye Newman Poetry Award in 2014. His poetry has appeared in LingerpostLynxGusts, Ribbons, Atlas Poetica and Bright Stars: An Organic Tanka Anthology.

Brad Bennett teaches elementary school in the Boston area. His tanka and haiku have been published in on-line and print magazines and have won awards in several contests.

Wayne F. Burke has published haiku in Bottle Rockets. His book of poems, Words That Burn, is published by Bareback Press (2013). He lives in the central Vermont area.

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.

Cherie Hunter Day’s tanka have been widely published since 1993. Her award-winning e-chapbook, A Color for Leaving, is forthcoming from Snapshot Press in 2015.  She lives in Cupertino, California.

Sanford Goldstein has written and published tanka for over fifty years. He is also a co-translator of several Japanese tanka poets. [Editor's Note: Professor Goldstein is considered by many to be the "father of English-language tanka."]

Brenda Humphrey-McMahen resides in Florida with her husband Keith, also a tanka poet. Her work can be found in past issues of American Tanka and Lynx, as well as in M. Kei’s Fire Pearls.

Roger Jones teaches at Texas State University in San Marcos. He has recently posted work in A Hundred Gourds, Tiny Words, and Shot Glass Journal.

Vishnu P. Kapoor is a widower at 73 who settled in Chennai, India after retirement from the Air Force. He writes haiku and tanka, and he also likes Urdu poetry.

Beverly Acuff Momoi‘s poems have been published widely, appearing in Eucalypt, A Hundred Gourds, Ribbons and elsewhere. Her haibun collection, Lifting the Towhee’s Song, was a Snapshot Press eChapbook Award winner.

Marilyn Morgan is a retired English teacher. She lives and writes in Central New York State. Her tanka have been published in Atlas Poetica, Red Lights, A Hundred Gourds, and Inner Art.

Norman William Muise got interested in haiku and tanka in a poetry workshop about twenty years ago. He says, “I owe so much to my mentors for guiding me into the wonders of haiku and tanka.”

Carol Purington’s new collection of tanka, Faces I Might Wear, explores a rural New England landscape and sensibility through the voices of women both real and imagined.

Edward J. Rielly has been publishing tanka and haiku for decades. He recently published a memoir of his childhood: Bread Pudding and Other Memories: A Boyhood on the Farm.

Lesley Anne Swanson has lived in Northern California, the Southwest, and the Pacific Northwest, but now calls Pennsylvania home.  Her tanka has won several awards, including First Place in the 2014 Tanka Society of America’s international contest.

Jari Thymian is a full-time volunteer in state and national parks in the U.S. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of publications.

Laura Williams began writing tanka in 2013. She lives in sunny Southern California.

Meeah Williams is a writer and graphic artist from Brooklyn, NY.  Her work has most recently appeared in The Conium ReviewPhantom Drift, The Critical Pass, and Thrice Fiction.

Laura Winkelspecht lives in De Pere, Wisconsin. Poetry allows her to feed her need to tinker with words.

Fran Witham is a poet and social worker. She writes tanka, haiku and haibun. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online journals and anthologies.

Robert W. Zickau is an English student from Boise, Idaho.