Pramila Venkateswaran

4 High Gate Drive
Setauket, NY 11733

Author's Bio

I am the author of Thirtha (Yuganta Press, 2002, Behind Dark Waters (Plain View Press, 2008), Draw Me Inmost (Stockport Flats, 2009), Trace (Finishing Line Press, 2011) and Slow Ripening (Local Gems, 2016). My poems have appeared in many journals and on-line publications in the United States, Canada, and India. I have performed my poems internationally, most recently in the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, Mamilla Poetry Festival, and Internacional Festival De Poesie de Granada. My essays have appeared in the Writer's Chronicle, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, The Women’s Studies Quarterly and in anthologies of literature, culture and politics. I was the poet laureate of Suffolk County, Long Island (2013-15).

Publications and Prizes

Behind Dark Waters
(Plain View Press (Austin, TX), 2008)
, Draw Me Inmost
(Stockport Flats Press, 2009)
, Thirteen Days to Let Go
(Aldrich Press, 2015)
, Thirtha
(Yuganta Press, 2002)
(Yuganta Press, 2004)
, Thirteen Days to Let Go
(Aldrich Press, 2015)
Ariel, California Review, Calyx, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women , Long Island Quarterly, The Nassau Review, Paterson Literary Review, Prairie Schooner
Slow Ripening
(Local Gems Poetry Press, 2016)
, Trace
(Finishing Line Press, 2011)
Prizes Won: 
Finalist, Allen Ginsberg Poetry award;First prizes in Two Review national poetry contest and in String poetry contest.Prize winner, NaPoWriMo Poetry Contest, Local Gems Press, 2015.Finnalist, Mid-Island Poetry Contest.Semi-Finalist, Finishing Line Press Chapbook Contest.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Managing the Undesirables by
The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
Louise Erdrich
Saleem Peeerdina
Ravi Shankar

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Feminist, Indian American
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Setauket, NY, India
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Last updated: Feb 25, 2017