The following are the first rengay written by one, two, three, and six writers, and the first published rengay, presented in chronological order of composition.
Deep Winter by Garry Gay and Michael Dylan Welch (first two-person rengay, 1992)
A Rain of Leaves by Donna [later Claire] Gallagher, Pat Gallagher, and Michael Dylan Welch (first three-person rengay, 1993)
Between Storms by John Thompson and Garry Gay (first published rengay, Albatross, January 1993)
Night Rain by Cherie Hunter Day (first solo rengay, 1995)
Journey in Blue by Garry Gay, Claire Gallagher, Fay Aoyagi, David Noble, Bruce Kennedy, and Michael Dylan Welch (first six-person rengay, 2002)
Historical note: In late 1997 or perhaps 1998, Lewis Sanders started what he called Winter Withering, subtitled as “a rengay newsletter.” Each of the two issues was eight pages, stapled in the corner, and published out of Jackson, Tennessee. Both issues offered just three rengay that Sanders had written with Carl Brennan (thus, just six rengay in total), plus an advertisement and order form for Beyond/Within: A Collection of Rengay by eight women poets, published in 1997 by Cherie Hunter Day. If this effort had been sustained, and if hadn’t included only rengay that the editor cowrote, this publication could be considered the first rengay journal, but at best it may be considered only a private attempt. The second issue included a statement saying this “newsletter of rengay and haiku” would “be published as time, submissions and funding allow.” It seemed that none of those conditions allowed, and so, regrettably, Winter Withering did indeed wither. The first true journal for rengay was thus Tandem, edited by Marcyn Del Clements, Seren Fargo, and Ignatius Fay, with the first issue published in April of 2021.