Wisdom That Sings: The poetry and translations of Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma

Thu Sep 28 2023 at 07:30 pm to 09:00 pm

Singapore Book Council | Singapore

Singapore Book Council
Publisher/HostSingapore Book Council
Wisdom That Sings: The poetry and translations of Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma
A reading session by Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma, as part of the programmes for the SBC Translator Residency.
About this Event
Programme Description

Join poet, translator, teacher, and performer Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma for a reading of his own poetry and translations from Tamil and from Spanish. Interspersing his reading with stories and reflections, he’ll guide listeners into an experience of lyric philosophy: clarity expressed in the music of words and silence. The reading will be followed by an open discussion and book signing.

Programme Details:

Free with registration

Date: 28 September 2023, Thursday
Time: 7.30 - 9.00 pm
Venue: SBC Training Room, Goodman Arts Centre,
Blk E, #03-32 (Directions below)

Hot drinks provided, encouraged to bring snacks to share with everyone!

About Speaker

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 recently published 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.

About SBC Translator Residency

The SBC Translator Residency is one of SBC's initiatives to develop and support literary translators. The invited translator-in-residence spends a week in Singapore and will conduct a series of programmes sharing his expertise and experience with the community here. The translator-in-residence will also mentor emerging translators.

Our very first translator-in-residence, Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma from the US, who translates from both Tamil and Spanish into English, is a translator, poet, writer, and performer. His notable translations include The Kural: Tiruvalluvar’s Tirukkural and Give, Eat, and Live: Poems of Avvaiyaran. Thomas will be here from 23 – 29 September to conduct a series of programmes, and he will mentor up to three (3) mentees working on Tamil to English translations.

The SBC Translator Residency programme is supported by the National Arts Council of Singapore.


The programme can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the date if the minimum number of participants is not met.

Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the terms and conditions and cancellation policy and accept the terms contained therein.

For enquiries, please email [email protected]


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Singapore Book Council, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Block E, #03-32, Singapore, Singapore


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