United Haiku and Tanka Society

The April 2017 issue of cattails is now online.

Welcome to the official website of the United Haiku and Tanka Society, formed in 2013.

cattails is online (tri-annually) in January, May, and September. Beginning in 2017 cattails will be online twice a year.

United Haiku and Tanka Society is an International, US based, Society. Originally founded by Officers: Michael McClintock, peterB, an'ya, Carole MacRury, Linda Galloway, Raffael de Gruttola, Michael Rehling, Bette Wappner (b'oki), Marianna Monaco, Amelia Fielden, and the following Team Members: Ed Baker, Elizabeth McFarland, Cindy Lommasson, Kala Ramesh, Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy, Marjorie Buettner, Paresh Tiwari, Barbara Snow, and Sonam Chhoki

United Haiku and Tanka Society is "passing the torch" to Officers: Alan Summers, Neal Whitman, and Iliyana Stoyanova; Editors: Sonam Chhoki, Mike Montreuil, Kala Ramesh, David Terelnick, Geethanjali Rajan, Gautam Nadkarni, and the following Team Members: Marianna Monaco, Bette Wappner (b'oki), Cindy Lommasson, and Paresh Tiwari.

There are 60 UHTS Charter Members, our First Honorary Charter Member was, Christopher Herold.

There is no cost to become a United Haiku and Tanka Society member, and there are no "fees", "dues" or other costs. View our current membership list.

Membership is open to anyone interested in haiku/tanka related forms, and their mixed-media art counterparts. We offer unlimited international exposure (not just in your own country), polite interface with officers and editors, poetic fellowship and camaraderie among peers.

To join us, simply contact our Secretary, Iliyana Stoyanova at uhts_secretary@fastmail.co.uk, with the subject heading "UHTS MEMBERSHIP"

The firm goal of the UHTS is to be the most substantial, and best national and internationally compatible haiku, tanka, and related forms society to-date. Our mission is to cultivate insight, and comprehension through the reading and writing of these genre in both English, and global native languages for the true purpose of unifying a world-wide network of like-minded peoples as an "alternative" to any other US society.

Nowadays, boundaries are being pushed to accept mainstream short poetry under the guise of Japanese short forms. Believing this desensitizes age-old aesthetics, we seek to continue the simple values of the natural world, and time honored guidelines (while at the same time focusing on the evolving 21st Century impacts.) UHTS strives for that fine-line balance between the historic and the contemporary.

UHTS sponsors three annual Contests . . . the "aha" Haiku/Senryu Contest (the Annual Hortensia Anderson Memorial Awards), the ("Fleeting Words" Tanka Competition), and the ("Samurai" Haibun Competition).

UHTS intends to play a vital role in expanding and solidifying the National and the International haiku, tanka, and related forms movements. Language, diversity, and international rapport is our mantra . . . although we are English language based and print in English, we “encourage” all native languages (in native print, as translation) for presentation.

United Haiku and Tanka Society's philosophy is to maintain an all-in-one online publication that is simple enough to be accessible globally and unencumbered by special software needs, membership expense, rigid corporate structure, peer politics, or any one-person monopoly, hence, we are non-political, non-religious, non-corporate, non-aligned, non-funded, and non-affiliated “specifically” in order to avoid any manner of prejudice, impoliteness, or lack of access.

We are solely and sincerely concerned with, and dedicated to, the development, study, appreciation, and future of our poetic Japanese mixed-media art forms, as written by all peoples, ages, and nationalities worldwide, but with due respect given to Japan’s traditional, ancient, and honorable culture.

—UHTS Team