Official Website of Author / Illustrator

journeys to the interior 

poetry * illustration * creative guidance
IMG_7290_edited.jpg
 
Prartho's Story

My Life's Work... & Joy!

 

For over 30 years I have offered poetry and creativity workshops in a variety of venues, currently including the College of Marin and as a Marin County Poet in the Schools, for which I was awarded a 2005 Radio Disney Super Teacher Award.

 

As Poet Laureate of Marin County (2015-17), I produced over 50 performances & projects which mingled art forms: poetry & dance, painting, music, film... even magic!

 

My teaching and writing are infused with the meditation I practiced over 4 years in India, though I also credit excursions into other art forms: counseling psychologist, vegetarian cook, mother of 2, meditation instructor at Cornell University, book and cover illustrator, and amateur singer-songwriter. (also, an MFA from Syracuse University, 2013)

 

                             Let's play!

My life has been a quest for the lost continent of awe. With pen and brush as my oars, writing and painting take me there…

 

I hope my poems and illustrations might take you there too.

                   ~ Prartho

Feel of the Cloth

 

The emperor wanted to believe
the itinerant tailors—that the robe they’d
made for him had been woven of light. 

 

Which, of course, it was.
Of sunlight and air.
His heartbeat quickened as they
pointed out the iridescent beads of dew
and delicate taffeta of fog.
The pale blue moonglow trim.

 

The emperor wanted to hear
the whisper of wingbeats as he
fingered the cloth, to smell
the sweet decay of the forest floor. 

 

And so he did. As he dove head-first
into that glorious garment he heard
and smelled uncountable things.
It was like nothing, he said
when he regained his wits, like nothing 

 

he’d ever put on. Like wearing a cloud.
Or a breeze. It’s not of this world,
he said to the tailors, who nodded
and smiled… Which, come to think of it,
was their only lie. For this world 

 

was precisely what they used for their warp,
our commonest threads their woof.  

     

     ~ Prartho Sereno, from Indian Rope Trick

prartho's award-winning poetry books

(click on info button to purchase) 

Call from Paris

2007 Word Works Washington Prize

Elephant Raga

2015 Blue Lynx Prize

Causing a Stir:

The Secret Lives & Loves of Kitchen Utensils

2008 IPPY 

#1 FRONT COVER.jpg

Indian Rope Trick

2018 Blue Light Book Award

 
Praise for Indian Rope Trick 

The magnificent poems of Prartho Sereno reground us in our bodies, in the glistening syllables and scenes surrounding us. They retune us to a tender, more palpably luminous world we would prefer to inhabit.     

Naomi Shihab Nye
 Chancellor, American Academy

of Poets

 
 
Join Prartho Online!

FREE POEM-MAKING SESSIONS

for Grades 1 through 3

Prartho Sereno's Poetic Journeys for Kids

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClqJwm-6nQvaBWMbbaE81bw?

 

Name: *

Email: *

Phone:

Message:

prartho sereno: journeys to the interior

Contact me here to request talks, reading/performances, 

workshops or classes on the Creative Process

© 2019 by Prartho Sereno; all rights reserved 

  • Google+ Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
  • Facebook Social Icon
  • YouTube
  • Black Twitter Icon
  • Black Facebook Icon
  • Black Instagram Icon