Prartho Sereno is the 2014 winner of the Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry. Since 1999, Sereno has been teaching for schools, colleges, senior centers, and private groups all over northern California. Her poems and essays have been widely published in journals, including Atlanta Review, Barrow Street, Comstock Review, and Rattle. She has published a book of essays, Everyday Miracles: An A to Z Guide to the Simple Wonders of Life, as well as her books of poetry, Call from Paris, Garden Sutra, and her illustrated collection, Causing a Stir: The Secret Lives & Loves of Kitchen Utensils. Along the way, Prartho has traveled many a road less taken, from family therapist to bartender, meditation instructor at Cornell University to head cook in an international restaurant. She has also experimented with various artistic mediums – from children’s stories to poetry to essay, from watercolor painting to photography to song writing. She has made her home in a bamboo hut in India, a 150-year-old farmhouse in Maine, a spiritual community in Oregon, an uptown apartment in Southern California, and, most recently, a bungalow just north of San Francisco.