Pramila Venkateswaran


East Setauket, NY
New York US

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 & Prizes

Thirteen Days to Let Go (Aldrich Press, 2015)
(en)compass (Yuganta Press, 2004)
Thirteen Days to Let Go (Aldrich Press, 2015)
Draw Me Inmost (Stockport Flats Press, 2009)
Behind Dark Waters (Plain View Press (Austin, TX), 2008)
Thirtha (Yuganta Press, 2002)
Slow Ripening (Local Gems Poetry Press, 2016)
Trace (Finishing Line Press, 2011)
California Review
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Long Island Quarterly
Nassau Review
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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.

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The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

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Last update: Feb 25, 2017