Prartho Sereno is author/illustrator of the poetry collection Causing a Stir: The Secret Lives & Loves of Kitchen Utensils (winner of a 2008 IPPY) and author of Call from Paris (winner of the 2007 Word Works' Washington Prize). Her other publications include the chapbook Garden Sutra and a book of personal essays, Everyday Miracles: An A to Z Guide to the Simple Wonders of Life (Kensington, 1998).
She received a Marin Arts Council Artist Grant for poetry in 2003, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University in 2013. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Atlanta Review, Chautauqua Review, Comstock Review, Runes, and Rattle, and have been anthologized in numerous collections.
A California Poet in the Schools since 1999, Prartho was awarded a Radio Disney Super Teacher Award in 2005 for that work. She also teaches poetry to special populations, such as Alzheimer’s patients and incarcerated youth, and is creator/facilitator of an on-going series at the College of Marin, The Poetic Pilgrimage: Poetry Writing as Spiritual Practice.
Prartho was selected as the fourth Marin County Poet Laureate for 2015-2017.
Her other poetic endeavors have included counseling psychologist, vegetarian cook, meditation instructor at Cornell University, book illustrator, and amateur songwriter. An inveterate gypsy, hailing from New York, the Midwest, New England, Maharashtra India (where she studied meditation for 4 years), the Northwest, and both Southern and Northern California, she found her home in Marin in 1998 and since 2000 has lived with a sweet man who loves to take her rowing in the bay.
- 2015-17 - Marin County Poet Laureate
- 2014 - Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry
- 2008 - IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Award)
- 2007 - Word Works' Washington Prize
- 2005 - Radio Disney Super Teacher Award
- 2003 - Marin Arts Council Artist Grant