Edited by Michael Dylan Welch
Explore this site to learn more about Tundra: The Journal of the Short Poem. Although Tundra is currently on a probably permanent hiatus, here you’ll find descriptions of issues, tables of contents and complete contributor lists for each issue, and links to selected poems. You’ll also find old subscription and submission information, plus links to reviews of the journal and more. We welcome orders of single copies, which are still available. Tundra focused on submissions of primarily objective and imagistic short poems of 13 or fewer lines. If you have questions, please visit the Graceguts website or email Michael Dylan Welch at WelchM@aol.com.
The first issue of Tundra, edited by Michael Dylan Welch, is 112 pages, perfectbound, 6 by 9 inches. It contains an article by Dana Gioia on featured poet Samuel Menashe, an interview by Catherine J. Kordich and Michael Dylan Welch with Imagist poet and novelist Janet Lewis (author of The Wife of Martin Guerre), an article by Hiroaki Sato on Japanese haiku master Seisensui along with 32 translations, a book review and haibun (prose with haiku), and a variety of haiku, senryu, tanka, and other short poetry. Peter Donaldson provided the cover photograph.
Contributors to Tundra #1 include John Brandi, Randy M. Brooks, Doc Dachtler, Dick Davis, Tom Disch, Dee Evetts, Garry Gay, Lee Gurga, Jane Hirshfield, H. L. Hix, Gary Hotham, Ted Kooser, Richard Kostelanetz, Leza Lowitz, H. F. Noyes, Alan Pizzarelli, Gabriel Rosenstock, Steve Sanfield, Robert Spiess, Cor van den Heuvel, Paul O. Williams, Virginia Brady Young, and many more (among 154 contributors).
The second issue of Tundra, edited by Michael Dylan Welch, is 128 pages, perfectbound, 6 by 9 inches. This issue contains correspondence on haiku by Robert Bly and Cor van den Heuvel, introduced by Michael Dylan Welch, and has Ted Kooser as featured poet, introduced by Lee Gurga, plus haiku by Akito Arima translated by Emiko Miyashita and Lee Gurga. Other highlights include a limerick cycle by Max Gutmann on the complete dramatic works by Shakespeare, a haibun by Michael McClintock, and a book review by Cor van den Heuvel on three prominent haiku books. Garry Gay provided the cover photograph.
Contributors to Tundra #2 include Francisco X. Alarcon, Joan Baranow, Art Beck, Tom Clausen, David Cobb, Ion Codrescu, Ruth Daigon, Diane di Prima, Jack Foley, Garry Gay, Dana Gioia, LeRoy Gorman, Jonathan Greene, Penny Harter, H. L. Hix, Gary Hotham, Gerald Locklin, Leza Lowitz, Martin Lucas, Stefanie Marlis, Samuel Menashe, Pamela Miller Ness, Dale Pendell, Alan Pizzarelli, Charles Rossiter, Miriam Sagan, Steve Sanfield, Barry Spacks, Robert Spiess, John Stevenson, Robert Sward, Susan Terris, Mike Tuggle, Ken Waldman, Ruth Yarrow, and many more (among 146 contributors).