A Hundred Gourds 2:2 March 2013
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Kozue Uzawa – Tanka poet, Founder and Editor of GUSTS.

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In January 2010, six months after I’d started writing tanka, I discovered a website for Tanka Canada and encountered the name, Kozue Uzawa for the first time. After reading a selection of poems from the affiliated journal which Kozue has been editing since 2005, I decided to join Tanka Canada and submit some poems for possible publication in GUSTS. I received a warm email welcome from Kozue and, within a few days, found a complimentary copy of GUSTS in my mailbox. After sitting down to enjoy some lovely tanka from countries all over the world, I was hooked!

To my knowledge, GUSTS is the only English-language journal that publishes tanka chosen by a selection committee, rather than by a single editor. Although it’s always encouraging to have an individual consider our work worthy of publication, it’s even more rewarding to have one of our tanka selected, in a blind-review process, by a team of talented editors.

We, at A Hundred Gourds, are grateful to Kozue for taking time to provide us with so much information, as well as photographs. We wish her well as she continues to promote the publication and enjoyment of English-language tanka in her adopted country.

                                           Susan Constable, tanka editor