Thomas Martin

6755 SW Canby Street
Portland, OR 97223

Author's Bio

Thomas Martin, sometimes writing as Thomas James Martin, discovered literary quality haiku, haibun and related Japanese forms in 2007 when he had just turned 63. Though born and raised on a farm in North Carolina, he has lived in the Pacific NW since the mid '80s with his wife, Joyce. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in English and has done postgraduate work in education. He is the author of two books of poetry, "A Southern Line," and "Where the Light Falls." He has also published "Real Gifts," a collection of essays and stories.

Publications and Prizes

2nd Annual Basho Challenge Chapbook
(Lilliput Review Press, 2010)
, A Travel-Worn Satchel
(Haiku Society of America, 2009)
, Contemporary Haibun Volume 10
(Red Moon Press, 2009)
, Evolution
(Red Moon Press, 2011)
, Kusamakura Haiku Competition
(Kumamoto University, 2008)
, Pine Silence
(Haiku Society of America, 2014)
, where the wind turns
(Red Moon Press, 2010)
A Hundred Gourds, Atlas Poetica: A Journal of Poetry of Place in Contemporary Tanka, Cattails, Contemporary Haibun Online, Frogpond, Haibun Today, Magnapoets, January 2009, Mayfly, Modern Haiku, Moonset, Prune Juice: Journal of Senryu and Kyoka, Simply Haiku, Sketchbook: A Journal for Eastern & Western Short Forms, World Haiku Review
Prizes Won: 
3rd Place, Kusamakura Haiku Competition (2008) 3rd Place, Moonset Haiku Contest (2008), Honorable Mention, Moonset Senryu Competition (2009); 2nd Place, Moonset Haiku Competition (2010)

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Grinding My Ink by Margaret Chula
Long After by Jim Kacian
Haiku: A Poet's Guide by Lee Gurga
North Lake by Ce Rosenow
To Hear the Rain by Peggy Lyles

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English American
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Liberty, NC
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Last updated: Apr 21, 2017