August 13, 1944 - August 12, 2018
As so many others have, Thomas Martin discovered quality haiku rather late in life. He was quite appreciative of the observational and centering nature of the genre and become very devoted to it. He was a retired journalist and technical writer, who lived in Beaverton, Oregon with his wife, Joyce.
Awards and Other Honors: Third Place, Kusamakura Haiku Competition (2008); Third Place, Moonset Haiku Contest (2009); Second Place, Moonset Haiku Contest (2010); Honorable Mention, Moonset Senryu Contest (2009).
Books Published: Real Gifts [essays and stories] (Suite 101, 2002); A Southern Line [poetry] (Suite 101, 2003); Where the Light Falls (2011 Wordclay).
Credits: "August evening" - The Heron's Nest 11:3 (2009); "Hollywood movies" - Prune Juice Journal (Winter 2009); "snow day" - Modern Haiku 42.1 (2011); "her morning song" - Mayfly 50 (2011); "pussy willow" - Third Place, Kusamakura Haiku Competition (2008); "winter gravestone" - Frogpond 32:2 (2009).
Additional Reading: Before Tom died he was in the process of completing 2 books: one of Tanka and the other of Haibun. The content is all available; only editing needs to be completed. This will be done in the near future