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Instructor wins two writing awards for second novel for young adults

Padma Venkatraman, an instructor of scientific writing at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, has won the South Asia Book Award from the South Asian National Outreach Consortium and the Paterson Prize from the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College for her novel Island’s End.

“I am so delighted and honored to be recognized in this way,” said Venkatraman, an oceanographer who worked at the URI Coastal Resources Center and the URI Graduate School before focusing full-time on her writing. “It’s humbling to have been selected for these awards from among the thousands of young adult books that have been published.”


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