Romaine Washington (she/her/hers), 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 including The Black Scholar, New Directions: Howard University, Lullwater Review: Emory University, Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin & Marissa Alexander, Brothers & Others: An Anthology of Black Women Writing about Black Men, Hip Mama, 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 and currently resides in the Inland Empire.
Washington’s book of poetry zeros in on the unique challenges women face in our modern world, and does it with unwavering strength.
-Brit Middleton, BET,
Editors Must-Read Books for 2016
Sirens in Her Belly is available on Amazon.
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.
—Nikia Chaney, poet, Literary Laureate,
author of us mouth
"Purgatory Has an Address" by Romaine Washington is available from the following locations: