Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma is an author, poet, translator, musician, magician, and lover of life. He was born in Seattle, Washington, has lived and worked in south India and southern Mexico, and is a 2018-2019 NEA Literary Translation Fellow. His first collection of poems, The Safety of Edges, was published in February. Other books include Give, Eat, and Live: Poems of Avvaiyar and Body and Earth: Notes from a Conversation (with the artist C.F. John). He also performs nationally and internationally, combining poetry, story, magic, and song in talks and presentations for the young and old alike, and serves as Language Consultant for the Cozy Grammar series of online video courses. He makes his home on Vashon Island, Washington, with his husband, David Mielke.