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. thomaspruiksma.com
Vashon Center for the Arts
Main Number and Staff Directory: 206.463.5131
Katherine L White Hall/Box Office: 206.259.3007
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Box Office & Gallery hours:
Wednesday – Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
19600 Vashon Hwy SW
Vashon, WA 98070
PO Box 576
Vashon, WA 98070
Vashon Island is the traditional homeland of the sx̌ʷəbabš (pronounced Schwa-ah-babsh) people, a once thriving Native community decimated by colonization. VCA is committed to stewarding this land, fostering creativity, and honoring indigenous culture through the arts.
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