Romaine Washington

Poet

CA
California US

Author's Bio

Romaine Washington (she/her) is the editor of These Black Bodies Are… A Blacklandia Anthology, and the author of two poetry books, Purgatory Has an Address and Sirens in Her Belly. Washington’s poetry has been nominated for Best of the Net and she is a twice-nominated Pushcart Prize poet. Her work has been in local and national publications including Women Who Submit anthologies, Gathering and Accolades; Lullwater Review; Cholla Needles, and Boundless 2022 Flowersong Press. She has presented her poetry in many programs, including Inside Socal CBS2/KCSL9, NPR, and KPFK. To find out more, visit her website at: www.romainewashington.com.

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
These Black Bodies Are...A Blacklandia Anthology (Inlandia Institute, 2023)
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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:
Altadena Poetry Review
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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, 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, Ada Limon
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: Sep 27, 2023