M. Kei is a tall-ship sailor and award-winning poet who lives on Maryland’s Eastern shore. He is the editor of Atlas Poetica : A Journal of World Tanka (formerly A Journal of Poetry of Place in Contemporary Tanka). He was the editor-in-chief of Take Five : Best Contemporary Tanka, Vols. 1–4, and the editor of Bright Stars, An Organic Tanka Anthology. Other anthologies edited by M. Kei include Fire Pearls, Vols. 1-2; Catzilla: Tanka, Kyoka, and Gogyoshi about Cats; Neon Graffiti: Tanka Poetry of Urban Life; and Stacking Stones: An Anthology of Short Tanka Sequences. His most recent collection of poetry is January, A Tanka Diary. He previously published Slow Motion: The Log of a Chesapeake Bay Skipjack, and Heron Sea: Short Poems of the Chesapeake Bay. Selections from Heron Sea were featured in Eric Spangler’s Five Levels of the Watershed and Kathy Wonson Eddy’s Chesapeake Triptych. He is also the author of the award-winning gay “Age of Sail” adventure novels, Pirates of the Narrow Seas, as well as a fantasy novel, Fire Dragon. He has also served as a judge for several tanka contests, including for the Tanka Society of America. He can be followed on Twitter @kujakupoet, or visit AtlasPoetica.org.
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