Tom lived his early life on the Upper Mississippi on a backwaters island of Minnesota river folk, beaver, and ancient burial mounds. After hitchhiking by boat through the South Seas, he settled on the island of Hawai'i, where he’s lived for two decades. There, he’s been a mountain and astronomy guide on Mauna Kea and an eruption ranger, firefighter, and exhibit writer on Kilauea, working closely with Hawaiian elders and cultural practitioners on both volcanoes.
In addition to his adventures and novel writing, Tom has written newspaper stories and commentaries, magazine articles, public policy studies, and award-winning video productions. Since 1991 hundreds of islanders have attended his popular Empowered by the Pen workshops, through the University of Hawai'i at Hilo, Volcano Art Center, and other venues on the Big Island, Maui, and Lana‘i.
He lives with his wife, artist Catherine Robbins, in a rainforest cottage a few miles below Kilauea’s erupting summit.
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