She has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry and has taught English and literature as an adjunct professor at St. Thomas University in Miami, Fla.
Romano has also hosted poetry and creative writing workshops in Ft. Lauderdale, and at the Sanibel Island Writers Conference. She has also given presentations at the Florida Gulf Coast University and the Rosemary Beach and the Outreach Program of Palm Beach Poetry Festival.
Her latest workshop will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., at the Summit County Library Kimball Junction Branch, 1885 W. Ute Blvd.
The session is titled "How to Steal a Poem without Plagiarizing to Make It Your Own."
It will cover the steps poets need to learn when incorporating elements of other poems into their original works.
"It's only a two-hour session, but what I would like to do is to give anyone who is interested ideas of how to appropriate other people's work and put them into their own, without stealing," Romano said. "I want the participants to honor the poems that inspire them and use some of the same words and styles in their future works."
Romano said she will cover a couple of concepts that make the process easy.
"One is using the same title of another poem, because you can't copyright a title," she said. "Also, you can actually use some of the same words, a feeling, an idea and rhythm that is found in other works and incorporate them into your own poems.
"The idea is to do something similar to your own poems, but make them different," she said.
The session will include a lecture and hands-on writing, Romano said.
"Since I am the fiction and poetry editor of Bridle Path Press, I will be happy to consider for publication any submissions from the workshop participants," she said.
Romano has been a writer all her life.
"I used to write my parents love notes and holding cards and put them by their bedsides and night tables," she said. "I have always loved words, and was fortunate that my parents also spoke Italian and were eclectic readers."
Originally a physical education teacher, with a P.E. degree, Romano moved to Italy with her husband in the early 1970s and learned how to speak Italian and Spanish.
"I believe knowing other languages broadens everything you do when you write," she said.
Although Romano wrote an array of short stories when she was a teen, she began to create poetry while in Italy.
"I started to send them off to journals and magazines for publication," she said.
When the couple returned to the states a few years later, Romano went back to school to study creative writing.
She took courses from award-winning poet Campbell McGrath, and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Florida International University.
Her first published poetry book was called "Cooking Lessons," and dealt with the foods and culture of an Italian-American family.
"'Cooking Lessons' actually started in one of Campbell's classes," Romano said. "He had a Saturday class and I took that."
At that time, Romano had focused her efforts on becoming a fiction writer, so McGrath, to ensure her dedication, committed her to write 30 poems.
"He was surprised and I was delighted, because he didn't expect me to write a whole book of poems," Romano said with a laugh.
A few years later, Romano published her second book of poetry, "Coffee Meditations."
"That book is divided into two sections," she said. "The first was a bunch of poems that I wrote about Starbucks and the second bunch was a series of meditations, but I couldn't call the book 'Starbucks Meditations,' so I called it 'Coffeehouse Meditations.'"
Romano's most recently-published poetry book is called "She Wouldn't Sing at My Wedding," which is about her late mother.
"I have another on the way called 'Faraway Confections,'" she said. "I'm also writing a book of short stories called 'The Other Side of the Gates' that will be published next year.
"But the workshop I'm doing on Saturday is just about poetry," she said.
The Summit County Library Kimball Junction Branch, 1885 W. Ute Blvd., will host a free poetry-writing workshop with Nina Romano on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Registration is required. Call Joe at (615) 3902 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Teens and adults are welcome. No children please. For more information, visit www.thesummitcountylibrary.org.