Tomás was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, the grandson of African American pioneers. He began writing verse soon after graduating with a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington. Tomás is a Civil Rights attorney, social activist, world traveler, teacher and lecturer. His poetry is his life in verse.

Vientos de Cambio/Winds of Change, published by Poetic Matrix, is Tomás’ most recent volume of prose and poetry. Others include: Yazoo City Blues, Time of the Poet, Dark Symphony in Duet with the late Sarah Fabio, and Two Races, One Face, with John Peterson. His words appear in various publications and literary journals.

As a member of the Bicentennial Performing Arts Project of Pasadena, Tomás performed his poetry in the Los Angeles area with the poetry ensemble, Long Journey Home. He was featured at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art (Sherwood Hall), D.G. Wills Bookstore, La Jolla CA. Le Musee D’Art Moderne in Paris, France, the Elliot Bay Book Co. in Seattle, Dizzy’s Jazz club in San Diego, Bukowski’s in Vancover BC the Union Nacional de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (UNEAC) in Havana, Cuba, Off Moroka in Cape Town South Africa, La Noche in Lima Peru, Bettye’s Galeria, Plaza Toledo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Tomás has read his poetry on KPFK, Pacifica radio, Los Angeles and has performed with Jazz greats Charles McPherson, cousin Clark Gayton and Daniel Jackson. In 2002 Tomás and “Yazoo City Blues” were featured on San Diego Profiles, City Channel 24. He has taught verse writing at the San Diego Writing Center and the Girl’s Rehabilitation Facility in San Diego. He initiated the Poetry Workshop in La Jolla, California at D.G. Wills bookstore and co-founded San Diego Poets’ Press.

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