In South India, the Kural is revered as a guide to practicing goodness and good sense in daily life. Yet this masterpiece of world literature, on par with the Tao Te Ching and the poetry of Rumi, has long lacked translations that make its wisdom available in English. In honor of National Poetry Month, Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma reads from his new translation and speaks with actor and performer extraordinaire Tami Brockway Joyce about his twenty-year journey to bring it to life.
Whether you attend in person or online, he hopes that you’ll come away feeling inspired, reconnected to your own sources of knowing, and reminded of truths that can help all of us navigate times of great change with grace. Copies may be purchased from the Vashon Bookshop beforehand or at the reading itself.
Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma is an author, translator, teacher, and performer. His translation of the classical Tamil masterpiece on ethics, power, and love, THE KURAL: Tiruvalluvar’s Tirukkural, was published in January by Beacon Press. Other books include THE SAFETY OF EDGES (poems), 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, teaches 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 U. S. Fulbright Program.
With actor and performer extraordinaire, Tami Brockway Joyce.
Thursday, April 21 at 7:00 pm
$17 Youth (18-) or Senior (65+)
Proof of COVID vaccination (or recent negative test) required.
Masks required while not consuming concessions.
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