To create the self becomes a soft balance between what is known about the past, what is unknown
and the power to piece together our own stories...
- Allyson Jeffredo on Purgatory Has an Address
Romaine Washington (she/her) is the author of the poetry collection, Purgatory Has an Address, (Bamboo Dart Press, 2021) nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and Sirens in Her Belly, (Jamii, 2015). Washington's poetry has appeared in local and national publications including New Direction: Howard University, Lullwater Review: Emory University, The Black Scholar, California English, and Gatherings: A Women Who Submit Anthology, among others.
She has presented her poetry in community and national venues including Inside Socal CBS2/KCAL9, NPR, KPFK, and the National Poetry Slam. Washington is a fellow of The Watering Hole, South Carolina and Inland Area Writing Project, UCRiverside. She has been an educator for more than twenty years and considers all forms of writing and reading to be a source for learning, healing and growth.