Thursday, January 7, 2010

Thursday updates

Tanka Online

Tanka Online is pleased to announce our latest update, featuring Indian musician and poet, Kala Ramesh. An interview with Kala by Amelia Fielden, "A Song in the Air: an Indian Musician's Path to Haiku and Tanka," recounts how Kala started writing the Japanese forms and also how her music background and the Indian concept of rasa shapes her poetry. Rasa, according to Kala, " means the aesthetic emotion — a flavor, the distilled essence of the mood created in the listener’s mind . . . the residue left in our minds after we appreciate a piece of art." Check out Kala's interview, her inspiring tanka, and also the latest verses of our regulars--Jeanne Emrich, Mariko Kitakubo, Michael McClintock, Maggie Chula, Amelia fielden, and Tom Clausen--at

Warmest wishes for a Happy New Year!

Jeanne Emrich

Pamela A. Babusci sent this update:

Dear Tanka poets,

There has been a few changes in Moonbathing, so, please read carefully the below updated information.

I will be the sole editor of Moonbathing from now on and all tanka submissions should be e-mailed to me and all subscriptions and/or donations should be made out to me and mailed to my address below.

I now have the premier issue of Moonbathing and will be mailing them out to all subscribers this week. Anybody else who would like to purchase a copy(ies), of Moonbathing please let me know how many you would like to have.

In the future, I plan on making Moonbathing a larger all women's tanka journal, so, I can include more tanka by a greater number of fine poets and to expand its international readership.

If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me at: moongate44(at)gmail(dot)com

Hope you had a Joyous Holiday Season & A Happy New Year.

Thank you for supporting Moonbathing.

Harmony, Pamela A. Babusci, Editor of Moonbathing


Founding Editor Pamela A. Babusci is proud to announce the first all women's tanka journal: Moonbathing.

Moonbathing will publish two issues a year: Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer.

For the Premier Issue and yearly (Fall/Winter 2009–10), the Editor is sponsoring a "moonbathing" tanka contest. Tanka poets may submit one tanka on the subject of “moonbathing”—whatever that means to you—for consideration, in addition to their regular submissions. The winner will be featured in the premiere issue of Moonbathing and receive two issues of Moonbathing as the prize. (Be sure to label your entry “moonbathing contest” if sending along with a regular submission.)


Moonbathing will feature only women poets. Send a maximum of five (5) tanka per submission period. Submission deadlines:

Fall/Winter Issue: In-hand Deadline: November 1st. Fall/winter or non-seasonal themes only.

Spring/Summer Issue: In-hand Deadline: May 1st. Spring/summer or non-seasonal themes only.

No previously published tanka or simultaneous submissions; no tanka that has been posted on-line, whether on a personal website/blog or on a tanka discussion group; and no publicly workshopped tanka will be considered or accepted.


Send your tanka IN THE BODY OF AN EMAIL to: Pamela A. Babusci: moongate44(at)gmail(dot)com PLEASE NO ATTACHMENTS. E-mail submissions ONLY.

Moonbathing is seeking to recognize, honor, and praise the unique "female voice" and perspective in tanka. The Editor is excited about being the first women editor to offer this type of literary venue to female tanka poets, and hope all women poets will feel honored and enthusiastic as well.


Unfortunately, at this time the Editor will not be able to provide contributors’ copies. Donations are most welcome.

Due to the current economic situation I hope that all tanka poets who have their work accepted will support Moonbathing by purchasing a copy or a subscription. If Moonbathing is to succeed it will need your support and I will be most grateful for it.


Moonbathing does not assume liability for copyright infringement or failure to acknowledge previously published tanka.


Subscriptions: $10 for one year (two issues) U.S. and Canada; $5 for one copy (includes postage). International: $14 U.S. dollars. Make checks—or send cash or international money orders—payable to Pamela A. Babusci to: Moonbathing Editor
150 Milford Street Apt. 13 14515-1810 USA

These subscription prices will increase for issues three and four due to the cost of printing and S&H.

The Editor of Moonbathing is looking forward to receiving your best tanka. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail Pamela A. Babusci moongate44(at)gmail(dot)com

Respectfully submitted,

Pamela A. Babusci, Editor of Moonbathing

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