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About the Artist

Thomas Pruiksma (Vashon Island) is a poet, magician, writer, translator, teacher, musician, and lover of life. He was born in Seattle, WA, and has lived and worked in Tamil Nadu, India, and Oaxaca, Mexico. He is most recently the author and translator of Give, Eat, and Live: Poems of Avvaiyar, and the co-author of Body and Earth: Notes from a Conversation (with the artist C.F. John) and A Feast for the Tongue: Forty Servings of Spoken Tamil with Helpings of Equally Spoken English (with the scholar Dr. K. V. Ramakoti). He makes his home with his partner, David Mielke.

Thomas received a 2014 GAP to free up two months of writing time during the summer of 2015 to complete Abundance: Journeys in the Land of Tamil. His project is a work of creative non-fiction focusing on his experience living and working in south India.

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