Tom Clausen lives in Ithaca, N.Y. with his wife Berta Gutierrez, children Casey and Emma , three cats; Fruittree, Scarlet, Squirrel,and three dogs; Ollie, Griffin and Cotton. Tom has been employed at A.R. Mann Library for over thirty-five fortunate years in the Access Services Department. His interest in haiku and other related forms began in the late 1980's. Tom is a member of the Route 9 Haiku Group along with Yu Chang, John Stevenson and Hilary Tann.