Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma is an author, poet, translator, teacher, magician, musician, and lover of life.
He was born in Seattle, Washington, and has lived and worked in Tamil Nadu, India, and Oaxaca, Mexico. His books include The Safety of Edges, a collection of poems; Give, Eat, and Live: Poems of Avvaiyar, the first literary translation into English of this 12th century Tamil poet, woman, and saint; Body and Earth: Notes from a Conversation, written with the artist C.F. John; and A Feast for the Tongue: Forty Servings of Spoken Tamil with Helpings of Equally Spoken English, written with the scholar Dr. K. V. Ramakoti. He is currently completing translations of the Tamil classic of poetry and philosophy, Tiruvalluvar’s Tirukkural, and of Juan Rulfo’s masterpiece, Pedro Páramo.
Thomas also performs regionally and beyond, combining poetry, story, magic, and song in talks and presentations for the young and old alike. His solo shows include A Thousand Thanks: The Gift of Sadako and Her Cranes, and By Heart: A Celebration of Words, Magic, and Memory.
As a teacher and tutor, Thomas has taught elementary students, middle schoolers, high schoolers, undergraduates, and homeschoolers, and was a part of the Vashon Island School District’s StudentLink program until 2018. He is now delighted to serve as Language Consultant for Cozy Grammar. He has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, 4Culture, Artist Trust, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, the U.S. Fulbright Program, the American Literary Translators Association, Ohio State University, Oberlin Shansi, and Oberlin College.