Padma Venkatraman began writing poetry at an early age. Poetry has been Dr. Venkatraman’s first love and she is an avid reader of poetry as well. Most recently, her poems Undone and Whenever You See A Tree, were published in Poetry Magazine, one of the premier poetry journals in the English language, published by the Poetry Foundation.
Her earlier poems have been published in literary journals such as Mobius, Parnassus, and the Delhi London Poetry Quarterly. The Wait, first published in Snowy Egret, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
In addition, Padma Venkatraman is the founder of the #DiverseVerse initiative, and has written poetry for young people in both English and Tamil.
Padma Venkatraman is also the author of the groundbreaking ALA Notable book, A TIME TO DANCE (Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Random House), considered the first South Asian novel in verse for young people in English.