Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma is an author, poet, translator, teacher, magician, musician, and lover of life. His rendering of the classical Tamil masterpiece on ethics, power, and love, The Kural: Tiruvalluvar’s Tirukkural, is forthcoming from Beacon Press. Other books include his debut poetry collection The Safety of
Edges, Give, Eat, and Live: Poems of Avvaiyar (translated from the Tamil), and Body and Earth (with the artist C. F. John). He speaks and performs widely, serves as language
consultant for the Cozy Grammar series of online video courses, and has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the US Fulbright Program. Pruiksma makes his home on Vashon Island, Washington, with his husband, David Mielke. Visit his website at thomaspruiksma.com.