Romaine Washington, is the author of Purgatory Has An Address (Bamboo Dart Press, 2021) and Sirens in Her Belly (Jamii Publications, 2015). Her writing has appeared in local and national publication such as San Bernardino Singing, Lullwater Review Emory University, and Cholla Needles. She has presented her work in a wide variety programs including NPR, National Poetry Slam, and KPFK.
Washington is a fellow of The Watering Hole, South Carolina and the Inland Area Writing Project at the University of California in Riverside. She received a B.A. in French from CSUSB and her M.Ed. from APU. She has been an educator for over twenty years teaching in the public school system and as a university adjunct. Washington is active in the local writing community through workshops and and literary events.
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"Purgatory Has an Address" by Romaine Washington is available from the following locations:
Mother. Daughter. Daddy. Child. Each one of these poems explores the topography of family history and family pain with a sense of ferocity that eats the reader alive. The sun glares without warmth and black boxes drift through desert landscapes as Washington tears through the emotional terrain of violence intermixed with tenderness and longing. Reading these poems, you will understand why “penance is a slow process” and how we live with the hurt of what was done to us in the unrelenting terrible beauty of this book of poems.
—Nikia Chaney, poet, Literary Laureate,
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