Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Old Blog Closed, Please Refer to AtlasPoetica.org

The revamp of the Atlas Poetica website and blog is complete and supersedes all material on this site. This site remains purely for archival purposes, and will eventually be removed. Thank you all who followed Atlas Poetica at this location, but please change your bookmarks to: AtlasPoetica.org

M. Kei
Editor, Atlas Poetica

Monday, March 15, 2010

New Blog Coming

The new website located at http://AtlasPoetica.org will incorporate a blog feature where future updates will be posted. This blog will shortly be closed. The archive will be maintained indefinitely, but all readers should direct their attention to the new website and blog.

Thank you for being a loyal reader of Atlas Poetica and I look forward to learning more about our poetic world as ATPO embarks on its third year of on-time publication.


M. Kei
Editor, Atlas Poetica : A Journal of Poetry of Place in Contemporary Tanka

Press Release: ATPO 5 Published, New Website Unveiled, Special Features Coming Soon

PRESS RELEASE - Please share with all appropriate venues


15 March 2010 - Perryville, Maryland, USA

Keibooks is pleased to announce the publication of Atlas Poetica : A Journal of Contemporary Tanka, issue 5 (Spring, 2010) and the unveiling of its new website, AtlasPoetica.org. Atlas Poetica, edited by M. Kei, is published in print and digital formats, both available through the new website, . ATPO contains 72 pages of poetic content in a large, 8.5 x 11 inch format to accommodate individual tanka, tanka prose, tanka sequences, book reviews, articles, and international resources. Print ISSN is 1939-6465 and the digital ISSN is 1945-8908.

ATPO is the only tanka journal devoted exclusively to tanka poetry of place. It brings multiple language offerings from poets around the world together in each issue. It is also the only tanka journal that devotes itself to tanka literature in all its forms, including individual tanka, tanka sequences, tanka prose, shaped tanka, book reviews, articles, and international resources. ATPO seeks to publish all forms of tanka tradition and innovation from well-known and emerging poets and authors around the world. For full submission information, please visit the new website at: http://AtlasPoetica.org.

The Atlas Poetica website has been updated to facilitate the reading and buying of the journal and providing submission information for authors and poets, and also includes a Special Features section. This free to read section will showcase tanka from different communities around the world. The upcoming Special Features are ‘25 Romanian Tanka Poets, One Poem Each’ in English and Romanian edited by Magdalena Dale and Vasile Moldovan and ‘25 Canadian Tanka Poets in English and French’ edited by Aurora Antonovic. To receive announcements about the Special Features, readers should subscribe to Keibooks-Announce (at) googlegroups (dot) com.

ATPO is in the process of revamping its support for multiple languages on the website and updating its list of international resources. In addition, ATPO 7 will be a special issue dedicated to tanka in translation, information, and resources from around the world. Volunteer translators who would like to assist with the effort should contact Editor (at) AtlasPoetica (dot) org. Individuals and organizations who would like to be listed or to update their listing with ATPO should do contact the same address. Book notes of up to 200 words in any language will be published on a space available basis.

Keibooks-Announce (at) googlegroups (dot) com is an announcement-only email list maintained by Keibooks to provide information about Keibooks and its publisher, M. Kei. It post 0 - 4 announcements each month and does not forward from other sources. To join, visit: http://groups.google.com/group/Keibooks-Announce. Permission is granted to repost and/or forward Press Releases from Keibooks to all appropriate venues.

Atlas Poetica : A Journal of Poetry of Place in Contemporary Tanka is published by Keibooks (USA).

M. Kei, editor
P O Box 1118
Elkton, MD, 21922-1118
Keibooks (at) gmail (dot) com

Atlas Poetica web site: http://AtlasPoetica.org
Purchase Atlas Poetica at: http://Lulu.com/Keibooks

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A New Era for Atlas Poetica

With this issue we open a new era for Atlas Poetica. For the first two years, Atlas Poetica was one many fine journals published by MET Press. However, last summer, circumstances required Denis M. Garrison, founder of MET Press, to reduce his workload. Several journals ceased publication. ATPO has moved to Keibooks and will be known as Atlas Poetica : A Journal of Poetry of Place in Contemporary Tanka to reflect that change.

The decision to move ATPO to my own small press, Keibooks, was both simple. ATPO is a unique journal in the field of tanka and has helped expand the poetic vocabulary, both in terms of subjects addressed and how they are addressed, bringing together works from poets and critics around the world.

Deliberately large format, ATPO is the only journal in existence which can publish epic tanka sequences, tanka prose, shaped tanka, book reviews, resources, announcements, non-fiction, and other material while still leaving plenty of room for individual tanka. Yet print provides a limited range of readership. Online journals develop readerships in the thousands; thus the decision had already been made to provide a free online version. ATPO will continue in digital and print versions.

Readers will find some minor changes in the print journal, but it will continue to offer the same great tanka poetry of place that is its hallmark. Most importantly, we are engaged in updating our international and multi-lingual services with the journal and website. Planned updates to all the international language blurbs are planned with expansion of international support.

Volunteer translators are sought to assist with increasing the number and quality of translations on the website. In addition, we are specifically seeking submissions in languages other than English for both poetry and articles. While we prefer that tanka be accompanied by English translation, we are able to provide translations from some languages (please inquire). We will publish announcements and articles in any language without translation. ATPO 7 (Autumn, 2010) will publish the international resources and multi-language blurbs, as well as tanka and articles in various languages. Please send your international materials!

One major change has occurred behind the scenes: I am pleased to welcome Alex von Vaupel as the technical director for ATPO. An excellent poet in his own right, Alex's assistance with the journal's cover, revamping the website, and related technical matters has been invaluable. In addition, Alex is a native Dutch speaker and professional translator who will be assisting with international outreach.


M. Kei
Editor, Atlas Poetica

Monday, January 25, 2010

ATPO 7 to feature International Tanka

Atlas Poetica 7, the Autumn 2010 issue, will have a special focus on tanka in translation from around the world. Poets are invited to subject tanka, kyoka, tanka sequences, tanka prose, shaped tanka, tanka acrostics, tanka book reviews, tanka articles, tanka interviews, and tanka resources in any languages. While poetry must be accompanied by an English translation, ATPO will published non-fiction, resources, and announcements in any language.

Atlas Poetica always welcomes international contributions and resources, but we are making a special effort to entirely fill ATPO 7 with international and translated works to focus attention on tanka in languages other than English and to promote improved communication among the various tanka communities of the world.


Friday, January 1, 2010

Atlas Poetica 5 Deadline Approaching

Atlas Poetica : A Journal of Poetry of Place will close to submissions on January 31, 2010 for issue 5. Poets who are planning to submit should get their tanka, tanka sequences, tanka prose, and articles in as soon as possible -- the interest is high and competition will be fierce for issue 5.

Planned topics include: Vacation/Recreation, Women, Rainy Weather, and Microtanka

As always, we are open to book reviews, articles, announcements, and other items. We also collect international tanka resources, book notes, and other items which are published on a space available basis.

Complete submission guidelines and a previous issue are available free online at: http://www.themetpress.com/atlaspoetica/masthead.html

Poets who are not familiar with tanka poetry of place are strongly encourage to read the sample issue carefully to understand what we seek.

Please note: Atlas Poetica was published by Modern English Tanka Press of Baltimore, Maryland, for the first four issues. Those issues will continue to be available for sale through themetpress.com. As of 1 January 20101, Atlas Poetica will be published by Keibooks of Perryville, Maryland. A new redesigned website will be announced soon and will be the 'one-stop' up to date location for all Atlas Poetica archives and current information. Atlas Poetica was formerly published two times a year, but starting in in 2010, will be published three times a year.

Atlas Poetica is pleased to welcome Alex von Vaupel as our new technical director. Alex is a fine tanka poet in his own right, and will be serving as webmaster of the revamped site and assisting in other matters.

A press release with full details will go out when the new site is ready.