Romaine Washington


Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Author's Bio

Romaine is the author of Sirens in Her Belly, an Editor's Choice top ten must-read for 2016. She is a Fellow of The Watering Hole, South Carolina and Inland Area Writing Project (IAWP) University California Riverside (UCR), she served as poet-in-resident for educators at the Riverside Mission Inn for three years.

Romaine has presented her poetry in a variety of venues and on community television programs in Georgia and on a variety of radio programs from NPR to KPFK Los Angeles, WRFG and WAOK in Atlanta, Georgia.

Publications & Prizes

Writing from Inlandia (Inlandia Institute, 2017)
Defining Moments Vol IX (Plymouth Writers Group, 2004)
In the Company of Women (PoetWorks Press, 2001)
The Verdict Is In (Manic D Press, 1992)
Sirens in Her Belly (Jamii Publishing, 2015)
Buckle &
California English
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Chapbook: Coffehouse Chatter, (Red Dancefloor Press, 1992)

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Gwendolyn Brooks, Carolyn M. Rodgers, Natasha Trethewey, Octavia Butler, Lucille Clifton, Toni Morrison, Cynthia Manick, Ralph Ellison, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Franz Kafka, Milan Kundera, Flannery O'Conor, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, Douglas Brown, Aime Cesare, Edwidge Danticat, Jamaica Kincaid, Pablo Neruda, Isabel Allende, Barbara Kingsolver, Naomi Shihab Nye, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes, Nikia Chaney, Beverly Head, Tracy K. Smith
What I'm reading now: 
Binti Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor, A Stranger's Journey (Race, Identity, and Narrative Craft in Writing) by David Mura, Callaloo, A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters by Editor: Charles Henry Rowell , Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

More Information

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Identifies as: 
African American
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Born in: 
San Bernardino, CA
Raised in: 
San Bernardino, CA
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Last update: Apr 09, 2019