Special Features

Atlas Poetica Special Features are standalone projects devoted to special topics in a format of one poem each by 25 poets. Tanka and related forms, like kyoka, cherita, and tanka prose appear in these features. Most draw from the international community of tanka poets, but some features are devoted to the literature of particular countries: Australia, Great Britain, Canada, New Zealand, and India, for example. Others draw on regions, such as Southeastern Europe, and include works from Romania, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzogovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Slovenia. Languages include French, Croatian, Montenegrin and others. Topics range from scientifically detailed flowers, plants and insects to the celebrations of particular communities, such as urban tanka, tanka by and about people with disabilities, and tanka by and about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people (LGBTQ+). The enjoyment of many aspects of life, from children to Halloween, brings delight, while more challenging topics such as anger and social realism are also represented. 

Published irregularly, Atlas Poetica Special Features allow an exploration of a particular topic or tradition in depth by the Guest Editors who curate them. Anyone can be a Guest Editor; please see the guidelines at the bottom of this page for further information or click here. Special Features offer an introduction to topics that are not widely published in English, and many offer suggestions for further reading. They’re a great way to explore an aspect of tanka with which you were previously unfamiliar. We hope you find new poets and visions to love. The ‘best new’ tanka is just a click away.


2019

Turn the Other Cheek : Nonviolent Resistance and Peaceful Protest Tanka – edited and introduced by Autumn Noelle Hall, November 2019
25 Death Poems – edited and introduced by Michael H. Lester, August 2019
Sin Fronteras ❘ Borders Without Boundaries – edited and introduced by Don Miller, July 2019

2018

Dream Alchemy – edited by Sonam Chhoki, September 2018
25 Rhyming Kyoka – edited and introduced by Michael H. Lester, September 2018
25 Science Fiction Tanka and Kyoka – edited by Julie Bloss Kelsey and Susan Burch, March 2018
25 Tanka About Arthropods – edited and introduced by Grunge, January 2018

2017

25 Humorous Tanka and Kyoka – edited and introduced by Joanne Morcom, August 2017
25 Cherita – edited and introduced by ai li, February 2017

2016

I’ll Be Home: 25 Tanka on the theme of Your True Home – edited and introduced by Liam Wilkinson, March 2016

2015

Ying, Yang, and Beyond – edited and introduced by toki, October 2015
The Atomic Era – edited and introduced by Don Miller, June 2015
Myths and the Creative Imagination – edited by Sonam Chhoki, April 2015

2014

on the cusp of dawn, 25 tanka poets from India – edited and introduced by Kala Ramesh, October 2014
Romanian Tanka Poets, in Romanian and English, Volume 2 – edited and translated by Magdalena Dale, July 2014
Angry Tanka – edited and introduced by Susan Burch, June 2014
Geography and the Creative Imagination – edited and introduced by Sonam Chhoki, February 2014

2013

25 Tanka from SE Europe – edited and introduced by Đ. V. Rožić, December 2013
The Garage, Not the Garden : Tanka of Urban Life – edited and introduced by M. Kei, October 2013
All Hallow’s Evening : Supernatural Tanka – edited and introduced by M. Kei, October 2013
25 Tanka Poets in Croatian and English – edited and introduced by Đ. V. Rožić, August 2013

2012

The Unspeakable Body – edited and introduced by M. Kei, December 2012
Ekphrastic Tanka – edited and introduced by Patricia Prime, November 2012
Chiaroscuro—25 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Tanka – edited and introduced by Janick Belleau, August 2012
Snipe Rising from a Marsh – edited and introduced by Rodney Williams, April 2012
Social Realism – edited and introduced by M. Kei, January 2012

2011

25 Tanka Poets from Great Britain and Ireland – edited and introduced by Jon Baldwin, 2011
From Lime Trees to Eucalypts : A Botany of Tanka – edited and introduced by Angela Leuck, August 2011
25 Tanka Prose – edited and introduced by Bob Lucky, July 2011
25 Tanka for Children (and Educators) – edited and introduced by M. Kei, March 2011

From Lime Trees to Eucalypts : A Botany of Tanka – edited and introduced by Angela Leuck, August 2011
25 Tanka Prose – edited and introduced by Bob Lucky, July 2011
25 Tanka for Children (and Educators) – edited and introduced by M. Kei, March 2011

2010

25 Tanka Poets from Australia – edited by Beverley George and Carmel Summers, 2010
25 Tanka Poets from New Zealand – edited by Patricia Prime, 2010
25 Canadian Tanka Poets in French and English – edited by Aurora Antonovic, translated by Huguette Ducharme and Mike Montreuil, 2010
25 Romanian Tanka Poets, in Romanian and English – edited by Magdalena Dale and Vasile Moldovan, translated by Magdalena Dale, April 2010


Special Features Submission Guidelines

Special Features are edited by Guest Editors who select the tanka to be presented and arrange for their translation (when necessary). Any editor may propose a special feature to ATPO by sending a proposal to with the Subject Line: Special Features Proposal. Proposals must relate to ATPO’s mission to present tanka, sedoka, kyoka, gogyoshi, ryuka, and zuihitsu from around the world. We do not accept unsolicited artwork for any ATPO project. All submissions must adhere to the general submission guidelines for ATPO and are covered by the same policies. Special Features will be offered on an irregular schedule.