Chloë Goodchild in conversation with author, poet, translator & teacher, Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma, discussing compassion, poetry, the Tirukkural, leadership, voice, silence, and much more.
The VOCE Dialogues offer a simple, accessible in-depth ground for poets, authors, musicians, visual artists, and visionary teachers to share and disseminate their insights about the transformative practice of contemplative, creative and compassionate communication.
Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma is an author, poet, translator, teacher, magician, musician, and lover of life. Since 2001 he has devoted his life to the highest possibilities of words and their power to join our hearts across time and place.
He was born in Seattle, Washington, and has lived and worked in Tamil Nadu, India, and Oaxaca, Mexico. His new translation of the classical Tamil masterpiece on ethics, power, and love, THE KURAL: Tiruvalluvar’s Tirukkural, appeared in January 2022 from 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: Notes from a Conversation (with the artist C. F. John). He is currently at work on a translation of and a book about Juan Rulfo’s masterpiece, Pedro Páramo.
He also delights in speaking, teaching, and performing internationally, combining poetry, story, magic, and song in talks and presentations for the young and old alike. His solo shows include A Thousand Thanks: The Gift of Sadako and Her Cranes, and By Heart: A Celebration of Words, Magic, and Memory. He serves as Language Consultant 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, the Community of Writers, the U.S. Fulbright Program, the American Literary Translators Association, Ohio State University, Oberlin Shansi, and Oberlin College.
Thomas makes his home on Vashon Island, Washington, with his husband, David Mielke. Together they’re developing an original show, The Driftwood Bridge: An Offering of Story and Song.
Chloë Goodchild is an international singer, innovatory educator, author and founder of The Naked Voice (1990) and its UK Charitable Foundation (2004), dedicated to the realization of compassionate communication in all realms of human life. Deafness in childhood catalysed Chloë’s deep encounter with her inner self, and began a lifetime’s experiential research into the voice as a catalyst for personal evolution and global transformation.