A book cover of: Sirens in Her Belly by Romaine Washington
Romaine Washington
Sirens in Her Belly
Romaine Washington
Sirens in Her Belly
A book cover of: Sirens in Her Belly by Romaine Washington


Washington’s book of poetry zeros in on the unique challenges women face in our modern world, and does it with unwavering strength.
– Bret Middleton, BET Editor’s Must-Read Book for 2016

Romaine Washington’s poetry is filled with images that are hot and cold, soft and hard. She pulls readers into her work with passion and determination as she draws on nature to illustrate her themes. Once we are in, we do not want to leave her poetic realm.
– Dr. Beverly V. Head, author of Walking North

Like an ocean’s shifting waters, Romaine’s poetry gently laps at your psyche before bursting into strong waves—either stirring up nostalgic longing or repulsion at bad memories. Her stylishly clever way with words, rich in imagery, transforms common life settings into unique scenarios that promise to never fade.
-Yayoi L. Winfrey, Editor/Publisher, Brothers and Others: An anthology of Black women writing about Black men

Romaine Washington is a poet for our times. Her words evoke images that will linger in our minds long after the reading is done. Her poems are defibrillators of the soul – resuscitating our hearts to a world yearning for freedom.
– Ewuare S. Osayande, Editor Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and
Marissa Alexander

[Like] Lucile Clifton… Romaine’s lyrical voice unmasks the hard truths of our human condition, particularly the oppression of women, through her unique use of diction, syntax, and extraordinary imagery, which engages the intellect and speaks to the
souls of her readers
– Dr. Catherine Humphrey, IAWP UCR Fellow

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Romaine Washington

A native Californian, Romaine is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University with a Master in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in French from California State University San Bernardino whose poetry has been published in Stand Our Ground: Anthology for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander, Defining Moment: Anthology of Teachers’ Writing, Brothers & Others: Anthology of Black Women Writing About Black Men, The Verdict is In: Anthology on the L.A. Uprising, Lullwater Review: Emory University, California English: A Home for Hip-Hop, The Black Scholar, New Directions: Howard University, Number One, San Fernando Poetry Journal, Blue Milk: Art Periodical, Buckle &, Phineas, and the chapbook Coffeehouse Chatter published by Red Dancefloor Press.

Romaine has been a featured poet in a wide variety of venues. In addition to featured performances she has also presented her poetry on community television programs in Georgia and on a variety of radio programs from National Public Radio (NPR) to KPFK Los Angeles, KUCB Santa Barbara, WRFG and WAOK in Atlanta, Georgia.