Prose, Poetry and Purpose

A show about finding inspiration everywhere

March Twisdale

Tom Pruiksma

Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma is an author, poet, magician, 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.

His recent books include Give, Eat, and Live: Poems of Avvaiyar, Body and Earth: Notes from a Conversation (written with the south Indian artist C.F. John), and A Feast for the Tongue (written with the Tamil scholar Dr. K. V. Ramakoti). He makes his home on Vashon Island, Washington, with his life partner, David Mielke.



Makana’s music accompanies my interviews
Described as “dazzling” by the New York Times, Makana is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer, and composer who is widely known for lending his musical talent for social change. In 2011, at the apex of the “Occupy” movement, Makana’s song We Are the Many went viral on YouTube garnering more than half a million views and was coined the “Occupy Anthem” by Rolling Stone Magazine. On the global scene, Makana’s captivating and wide-ranging performance style has led him to share the stage with Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson, open for music legends Sting, Carlos Santana and Elvis Costello, and perform in venues ranging from Asian and European opera houses to The White House.