Tom Painting (born Thomas Sydney Painting, April 1, 1951, Rochester, New York, U.S.A.), American junior high school humanities teacher and haiku poet. He teaches at the Paideia School in Atlanta, Georgia, and his students have had winning haiku in the Nicholas Virgilio Memorial Haiku Contest since 2000. Painting’s own haiku have appeared annually since 1998 in the Red Moon anthologies of English-language haiku as well as in Baseball Haiku: The Best Haiku Ever Written About the Game (2007), A New Resonance 2: Emerging Voices in English-language Haiku (2001), and Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (2013), among others. Painting has also received recognition in the Haiku Society of America’s haiku, senryu, and haibun contests. He is an associate editor for The Heron’s Nest haiku journal and resides in Atlanta.
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