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), Slow Ripening (Local Gems, 2016) and The Singer of Alleppey (Shanti Arts, 2018).

Her poems have been published widely in the United States, Canada, and India in journals such as Prairie Schooner, Patterson Literary Review, Ariel: A Review of International English LiteratureAtlanta 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 Internacional de Poesia des Granada and The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. 

Her essays and reviews have appeared in The Writer’s ChronicleThe Women’s Studies QuarterlySocialism and DemocracyJournal of Postcolonial Writing, and in anthologies of literature, culture and politics. She conducts writing workshops across the tri-state area in the US and in Chennai, India. She also leads write to heal workshops for breast cancer patients and survivors.

A founding member of Women Included, a transnational feminist organization, she gives talks in both in the US and in Paris, France, including webinars sponsored by the United Nations France.

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 Memorial Library. 

Photo at Left: Pramila Venkateswaran receiving her award as the 2011 Long Island Poet of the Year from the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association.

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