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 & Prizes

Pine Silence (Haiku Society of America, 2014)
Evolution (Red Moon Press, 2011)
2nd Annual Basho Challenge Chapbook (Lilliput Review Press, 2010)
where the wind turns (Red Moon Press, 2010)
A Travel-Worn Satchel (Haiku Society of America, 2009)
Contemporary Haibun Volume 10 (Red Moon Press, 2009)
Kusamakura Haiku Competition (Kumamoto University, 2008)
A Hundred Gourds
Atlas Poetica: A Journal of Poetry of Place in Contemporary Tanka
Contemporary Haibun Online
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Haibun Today
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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
North Carolina
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Last update: Apr 21, 2017