April at May Kitchen

You can find me performing tableside throughout the evening at May Kitchen + Bar on select Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. The schedule for April is listed below; there are also details on their facebook page.

Schedule for April 2016

Sunday, April 3

Thursday, April 7

Sunday, April 17

Wednesday, April 20

Thursday, April 28

 

Body and Earth Interview on KVSH

Chris Austin of the Mostly True Radio Show on Voice of Vashon, KVSH 101.9, interviewed me yesterday about Body and Earth. You can listen to a recording of the interview here:

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Thomas in the Vashon Beachcomber

 

 

Read about Thomas Pruiksma’s upcoming reading at the Vashon Bookshop in the Vashon Beachcomber:

http://www.vashonbeachcomber.com/entertainment/370765711.html

Reading at the Vashon Bookshop

Thursday, March 10, 6pm

Vashon Bookshop

Free

Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma will read from his latest book at the Vashon Bookshop on Thursday, March 10, at 6pm.

Twelve years ago, the south Indian artist C. F. John invited Pruiksma to write a book with him on the topic of body and earth. Their collaboration and conversation, conducted in person and through letters, has culminated in Body and Earth: Notes from a Conversation, recently published in Kerala, India. Through a combination of words and images, the book reflects on the ways that body and earth connect in language, poetry, art, spirituality, and daily life.

Shortly before his death, the writer and critic U. R. Anantha Murthy wrote, “This book has moved me so deeply that I don’t want to use cliche words like ‘profound’ or ‘great.’ I felt that I was present in the book when I read it, because each section made me think of something I’ve been thinking, something I’ve been doing.”

The book is currently available only in India, with the exception of the Vashon Bookshop and through Pruiksma himself.

The 6pm reading will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing.

For more information on C. F. John, visit www.cfjohnart.com.

Poet’s Magic at May Kitchen

You can find me performing tableside throughout the evening at May Kitchen + Bar on select Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. The current schedule will be posted on my website, and you can also find details on their facebook page.

Schedule for February and March 2016

Wednesday, February 3

Sunday, February 14

Sunday, February 21

Sunday, February 28

Thursday, March 3

Wednesday, March 9

Thursday, March 17

Wednesday, March 23

 

2015 Holiday Shows

I’m presenting my show “The Magic of Gratitude” at the following libraries for Thanksgiving and the holiday season. For more information, visit the King County Library Website: www.kcls.org/season.

 

Federal Way Library, Thursday, November 12, 7:00pm

Richmond Beach Library, Saturday, November 21, 11:00am

Lake Hills Library, Saturday, November 21, 3:00pm

White Center Library, Monday, November 23, 7:00pm

Covington Library, Thursday, December 31, 11:00am

Sam Hamill Reads on Vashon

On Saturday, October 10th, at 5pm, Sam Hamill will be reading from his newly-released collected poems, Habitation, at the Vashon Bookshop, 17612 Vashon Highway SW, Vashon, WA 98070.

Hamill is the author of more than forty books of poetry and essays, including celebrated translations from ancient Chinese, Japanese, Greek, and Latin. He is founding editor of Copper Canyon Press, taught in artist-in-residency programs in both schools and prisons, worked extensively with domestic violence programs, directed the Port Townsend Writers conference for nine years, and in 2003, after refusing an invitation to the White House, founded Poets Against War. As Hayden Carruth once wrote, “No one—I mean no one ever—has done the momentous work of presenting poetry better than Sam Hamill. His poetry is no less than essential.”

In conjunction with the reading, the adjoining Vashon Tea Shop will offer a tasting of Japanese teas from 4-5pm. Calligrapher Kaj Wyn Berry has selected one of Hamill’s translations of haiku from the poet Basho to greet islanders along the highway.

The reading will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Contact me for more information.

“First Loves” in Ploughshares

Summer 2015 Vol. 41.2

An essay of mine on writing and magic has just come out in the Summer 2015 issue of Ploughshares. You can purchase a copy of the journal at www.pshares.org or read the essay here:

https://www.pshares.org/issues/summer-2015/first-loves-plan-b-essay

“Newfall” on Voice of Vashon

As part of National Poetry Month, I was invited to read a poem on Vashon’s own Public Radio Station, Voice of Vashon. You can find a recording of the poem, “Newfall,” by following this link:

http://www.voiceofvashon.org/user-content/poetry-newfall-by-tom-pruiksma

Bharatiyar translation on KVSH

As part of National Poetry Month, Vashon’s own Public Radio Station invited me to share a recent translation from Subramania Bharati, considered to be the most important Tamil poet of the 20th century. Here I alternate between the original Tamil and my rendering in English:

http://www.voiceofvashon.org/user-content/poetry-9-wind-by-tom-pruiksma

Avvaiyar Podcast

At the request of Liz Borstein of Muse172, I’ve recorded a short podcast on Avvaiyar:

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Here are the video clips I mention in the podcast. The first comes from my show, “By Heart: A Celebration of Words, Magic, and Memory.”

If you wish to go straight to the Avvaiyar poem itself, forward to 3:46.

The second is a clip from the Tamil movie Thiruvilayadal.

The quote I mention in the podcast first appears at 8:40.

Finally, here is a PDF of the introduction to Give, Eat, and Live, written by my Tamil teacher Dr. K. V. Ramakoti, Ph.D. It provides an excellent overview of Avvaiyar’s place in Tami literature, and of the Tamil wisdom-teaching tradition more generally.

Introduction by Dr. K. V. Ramakoti.

You can find more information about Give, Eat, and Live by clicking on the following links:

Give, Eat, and Live: Poems of Avvaiyar / Red Hen Press

Give, Eat, and Live: Poems of Avaiyar / Powell’s Books