June 2015: Issue 25: Contributors

Jose Angel Araguz is pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati and runs the poetry blog The Friday Influence.

Jim Bartruff’s work has appeared in Fat City Review, New Verse News, Two Hawks Quarterly, and JAMA. Has won William Carlos Williams and Academy of American Poets prizes. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

A lifelong lover of words, Wendy Bourke‘s work has recently appeared in Shot Glass Journal, Muse-Pie Press, The Scarlet Thistles Poetry Anthology, and The Arborealis Anthology.

Janet Butler lives in the East Bay, California, and enjoys long walks with her dog Fulmi, finding inspiration in the pale dawns, bright blue afternoons, and melting sunsets.

Janet Lynn Davis lives with her husband north of Houston, Texas. Her tanka and other poems have appeared in numerous journals, anthologies, and other venues. She currently serves as vice president of the Tanka Society of America.

Sanford Goldstein has written and published tanka for over fifty years and is a co-translator of several Japanese tanka poets.

Anne Graue is a poet and teacher living in New York. Her poems have appeared in Ginosko Literary Journal, Compass Rose, The 5-2 Crime Poetry Weekly, and The New Verse News.

Larry Kimmel holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Pittsburgh University, and has worked at everything from steel mills to libraries. Recent books are this hunger, tissue-thin and shards and dust. He lives with his wife in Western Massachusetts.

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

Carol Purington enjoys her rural New England habitat from a tanka perspective. Faces I Might Wear, her new collection, was published by Winfred Press in 2013 and is available on Lulu.com and Amazon.com.

David Anthony Sam lives in Virginia with his wife, Linda. In 2015, he had poetry accepted by From the Depths, Heron Tree, Hound, On the Rusk, and Scapegoat Review, and he has two collections.

Laurence Stacey is a literature professor at Reinhardt University and Chattahoochee Technical College. He has been writing haiku, tanka, and senryu poetry for close to 10 years.

Kara Sulzer teaches English language arts, directs theatre, and coaches speech at the high school level.

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 has lived in Northern California, the Southwest, and the Pacific Northwest, but now calls Pennsylvania home. Her tanka have won several awards, and she now writes haiku and the occasional senryu as well.

Marc Thompson lives and writes in Minneapolis, MN where he is the stay-at-home dad of a ten-year-old boy. His poems have appeared around the world in journals and in cyberspace.

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.

Linda Jeannette Ward‘s collection of tanka, Scent of Jasmine and Brine includes poems from 1996-2006.  She has won various awards, most recently first place in the British Haiku Society’s tanka section of their annual competition.

Bill Waters lives in Pennington, New Jersey, U.S.A., with his wonderful wife and their three amazing cats.

Michael Dylan Welch founded the Tanka Society of America in 2000. A waka from his translation with Emiko Miyashita of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu appeared on the backing paper of 150,000,000 U.S. postage stamps in 2012.