Romaine Washington

Poet

Author's Bio

Romaine Washington is the author of the poetry collection, Purgatory Has an Address, (Bamboo Dart Press, 2021) nominated for a Puschart Prize, and Sirens in Her Belly, (Jamii, 2015) BET Editor's Choice top ten must-reads for 2016. She is a fellow of The Watering Hole, SC, and Inland Area Writing Project UC Riverside. Through IAWP UCR, Washington served as poet-in-resident for educators at the Riverside Mission Inn. She has presented her poetry in venues such as the California Association of Teachers of English Conference, National Poetry Slam, KPFK, and NPR. Her writing has been published in a variety of anthologies including California English JournalBecoming a Teacher: Merrill/Pearson, Lullwater Review: Emory University, The Black Scholar, and New Directions: Howard University. Washington is a native of San Bernardino and has been an educator for over twenty years.​ 

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
Boundless 2022: The Rio Grande Valley Intl. Poetry Festival Anthology (FlowerSong Press, 2022)
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Cholla Needles 59 (Cholla Needles Press, 2021)
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Gathering: A Women Who Submit Anthology (Jamii Publishing, 2021)
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Cholla Needles 39 (Cholla Needles Press, 2020)
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Pandemic Summer: (Inlandia Institute, 2020)
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San Bernardino Singing (Inlandia Institute, 2020)
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Accolades: A Women Who Submit Anthology (Jamii Publishing, 2019)
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Cholla Needles 32 (Cholla Needles Press, 2019)
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Cholla Needles 36 (Cholla Needles Press, 2019)
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Writing from Inldandia 2018 (Inlandia Institute, 2019)
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Writing from Inlandia (Inlandia Institute, 2017)
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Defining Moments Vol IX (Plymouth Writers Group, 2004)
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In the Company of Women (PoetWorks Press, 2001)
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The Verdict Is In (Manic D Press, 1992)
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Sheila-Na-Gig (Sheila-Na-Gig Editions, 1991)
Books:
Purgatory Has an Address (Bamboo Dart Press, 2021)
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Sirens in Her Belly (Jamii Publishing, 2015)
Journals: ,
Buckle &
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California English
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Hip Mama
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New Directions

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Toni Morrison, Jesmyn Ward, Audre Lorde, Jericho Brown, Natasha Trethewey, S. Pearl Sharp, Cynthia Manick, Clint Smith, F. Douglas Brown, Ta-Nehesi Coates, Edwidge Danticat, Jamaica Kincaid, Octavia Butler, N.K. Jemisin, Barbara Kingsolver, Naomi Shihab Nye, Nikki Giovanni, Nikia Chaney, Nathalie Graham, Beverly Head, Tracy K. Smith, Lynne Thompson, Patricia Smith, F. Douglas Brown, James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston, Carolyn M. Rodgers, Lucille Clifton, Gwendolyn Brooks, Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison, Aime Cesare, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Franz Kafka, Tennessee Williams, Milan Kundera, Pablo Neruda
What I'm reading now: 
The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
African American
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
San Bernardino, CA
California
Raised in: 
San Bernardino, CA
California
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Last update: Dec 17, 2021