Welcome to Pramila's poetry
Pramila Venkateswaran, poet laureate of Suffolk County, Long Island, is author of Thirtha (Yuganta Press, 2002), Behind Dark Waters (Plain View Press, 2008), Draw Me Inmost (Stockport Flats, 2009), Trace (Finishing Line Press, 2011), Thirteen Days to Let Go (Aldrich, 2015), and Slow Ripening (Local Gems, 2016).
Her poems have been published widely in
the United States, Canada, and India in journals such as Prairie Schooner, Ariel: A
Review of International English Literature, Atlanta Review, and Kavya
Bharati, and in award-winning anthologies, such as Indivisible: An Anthology of South Asian American Poetry.
She has won first prizes in national poetry
competitions such as Two Review and String Poetry, and was a finalist for the Allan Ginsberg Poetry Prize and in the Finishing Line Chapbook poetry contest.
She has performed
her poems internationally, most recently at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry
Her essays and reviews have appeared in The Writer’s Chronicle, The
Women’s Studies Quarterly, Socialism
and Democracy, Journal of
Postcolonial Writing, and in anthologies of literature, culture and
She is Professor of English at Nassau Community College (SUNY),
is actively involved in giving workshops and readings across Long Island and
beyond, and is the co-founder of Euterpe, the poetry venue in Emma Clark
Photo at Left: Pramila Venkateswaran receiving her award as the 2011 Long Island Poet of the Year from the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association.