Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma is a poet, magician, writer, translator, teacher, musician, and lover of life. He was born in Seattle, Washington, 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 on Vashon Island, Washington, with his partner, David Mielke.