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Mariko Kitakubo

Born in Tokyo.
Living in Mitaka-city, Tokyo
Membership
Japan Writers' Association,
Japan PEN Club,
Association of Contemporary Tanka Poets,
Japan Tanka Poets' Society,
Kokoro-No-Hana,
Tan-Ku Co-Founder,
Tanka Society of America.

In commemoration of
15 years of tanka reading
The Latest Tanka Sequence
Original Tanka presented at
Spoken World Live

Contemprary Tanka Poet Mariko Kitakubo.
お知らせ

Red Lights Vol.19 No.2 published my English tanka.

My sincere thanks to the editor, Ms. Marilyn Hazelton.

Thank you very much. 

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ring ring
a pay phone
in the ICU corridor,
midnight ...
Mother in my dream

ripen and shine
with sakura berries,
relaxing
without an audience ...
mountainside

 

It included the information in its announcement page about "DISTANCE," the Tan-Ku collection I co-authored with Ms. Debora P Kolodji.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2023

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On July 3rd, I participated in The Tanka Monday and had fulfilling time.

The program included many sessions such as creating Tanka on specific themes, exchanging opinions on presented Tanka, discussing the syllables of English Tanka, and 31 sound units of Japanese Tanka.

We looked into Tanka from various aspects and actively exchanged opinions.

Now I am looking forward to the next meeting in two years.

  

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Tuesday, July 4, 2023

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On July 2nd, Ms. Deborah P Kolodji and I performed Tan-Ku reading at Haiku Northern America Tanka Monday Eve in Cincinati.
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HNA Tanka Monday 2023 schedule.

 

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Monday, July 3, 2023

On July 6th, I will perform reading at POETRY IN NATURE in WHITTIER NARROWS NATURE CENTER.

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Saturday, July 1, 2023

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On June 30th, Ms. Deborah P Kolodji and I presented reading some pieces from our Tan-Ku Collection, "DISTANCE," at the HNA Haiku Northern America Conference in Cincinnati before our reading performance on July 2nd, 2023.

I am delighted to announce that this location marked the 55th city of my reading performance activity across the world.

We extend our sincere gratitude to the event organizer and all the participants who listened to our Tan-Ku reading.

  

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Saturday, July 1, 2023

Eucalypt, an Australian Tanka Journal, published my latest English tanka in its Issue 34, 2023.

My sincere gratitude toward Ms. Julie Thorndyke, the editor.
Thank you very much.

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resting
in the shadow
of the baobab
one tiny species ...
echo of one thousand years

Thursday, June 15, 2023

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In April 2023, while I was in the US, Ms. Deborah P. Kolodji and I received a valuable offer from Ms. Marlena Bond and Ms. Lois P. Jones of KPFK FM to interview for their program "Poets Cafe."

It was about our first Tan-Ku book, "DISTANCE," released by Shabda Press in the same month. The program was designed in such a way so that those who are not familiar with English Haiku, Tanka, and Tan-Ku get an opportunity to understand these short poems.

Mr. Rick Lupert, a well-known organizer of Zoom Reading, "Cobalt Poets," was the host. We would like to express our sincere gratitude for the opportunity to introduce Tan-Ku to the public airwaves. Thank you very much.

The program was on air on May 24, from 2:00 p.m. PST (6:00 a.m. JST on May 25).

If you are interested, please visit SOUNDCLOUD.com Poets Cafe on KPFK.
Please note that our interview lasts about 28 minutes, and the next program starts immediately after.

(Note) In the question-and-answer session, I mistakenly referred to the origin of tanka as 14,000 years ago, but 1,400 years ago is correct.

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

English poetry journal "Mariposa" in its Spring/Summer 2023 issue #48 published a Tan-Ku set that Deborah and I weaved together.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to the editor Mr. David Grayson. Thank you very much.

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Across the Sea

feeling
the sea breeze...
I am hiding
in your shadow
on the California beach (M)

my face towards you
the tide comes in
goes out (D)

Mariko Kitakubo & Deborah P Kolodji

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

I donated a copy of DISTANCE, which Deborah and I co-authored, to the International Library Salon of Hiiragiya Ryokan, a long-established Japanese inn that has been in business since 1818.

It is the third book I have donated, following INDIGO and Rattle 47, which I donated three years ago.

It was a great pleasure to meet Ms. Nishimura, the proprietress, and hand over the book to her in person.

I sincerely appreciate to Ms. Nishimura for her willingness to accept the book and to Mr. Nakamura for acting as a bridge between the two.

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Ryokan Hiiragiya's website
https://www.hiiragiya.co.jp/

Monday, May 8, 2023

I am honored to receive Certificates of Recognition from the California State Senate and Assembly.

It is a great honor for me to be recognized for my small international activities and to have our co-authored book, DISTANCE, read by them.  I humbly receive these recognitions and would like to keep moving forward in my activities.

Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE Assenbly
CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION

Presented to: Mariko Kitakubo Author, Distance

On behalf of the California State Assembly, it is my privilege to present you with this cenificate of recognition in honor of the launch of your book, Distance. Congratulations on this momentous occasion in which readers everywhere will hm·e the privilege of enjoying your poetry. Thank you for traveling the world and creating art that is dynamic and delightful. Congratulations and best wishes!

Mike Fong, Assemblymember 49th District April 14, 2023

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STATE OF CALIFORNIA Senate
CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION

Mariko Kitakubo

On behalf of the California State Senate, I am proud to join the community in congratulating you on the laundh of your new book "DISTANCE: Tan-Ku Sequences & Sets."
Your book incorporates poetry and intimate dialogue creating an enriching book that will enthrall and satiate your readers.
Congratulations and best wishes on all your future endeavors!

La Canada, California April 14, 2023
Honorable Anthony J. Portantino Twenty-fifth Senate District

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE Assenbly
CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION

CONGRATULATIONS MARIKO KITAKUBO

ON THE CELEBRATORY LAUNCH OF DISTANCE: TAN-KU SEQUENCES & SETS YOUR BOOK WRITTEN IN COLLABORATION WITH DEBORAH P KOLODJI PUBLISHED BY SHABDA PRESS JOINTLY PERFORMED AS PART OF DESCANSO GARDENS' CULTIVATE FESTIVAL

APRIL 14, 2023 ASSENBLY MEMBER CHRIS HOLDEN 41ST ASSENBLY DISTRICT

Thursday, April 27, 2023