Tom Clausen

Tom Clausen, 2018,
Olympic National Park, Wash.
Photo by Berta Gutierrez

Tom Clausen (born Thomas Paul Clausen, August 1, 1951, Ithaca, New York, U.S.A.), staff member at the Cornell University’s A. R. Mann Library and haiku poet. Retired since 2013, Clausen has continued to curate a daily haiku feature on the library’s website. He is active in the Haiku Society of America and has been a member of the Route 9 Haiku Group since 2003. He served on the selection committee for the Haiku Foundation’s Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards in 2016 and 2017. Several chapbooks of Clausen’s haiku and one of tanka have appeared since 1994, and more substantial haiku collections, Homework (2000) and Growing Late (2007) were published by Snapshot Press and Laughing to Myself (2015) by Free Food Press. In addition to being featured in the major haiku journals and contests, Clausen’s work has appeared in more than 20 anthologies. He is the author of the Haikupedia article “Upstate Dim Sum” and lives in Ithaca, N.Y., in the house where he grew up.

Note: This is an abstract of a longer biographical article to come.

Updated on August 16, 2023