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Claudia Castro Luna: "Writing and the Big Sky"
Claudia Castro Luna: "Writing and the Big Sky"
WhenWednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, 4 – 6 p.m.

A public lecture by Claudia Castro Luna, Washington State Poet Laureate

In her presentation, Claudia Castro Luna will address her experiences as a Central American refugee, how those experiences inform her Latinx identity, her political commitments, and her work as poet laureate of Washington State. She will also read from her poetry.

Claudia Castro Luna is Washington State Poet Laureate. She served as Seattle’s Civic Poet, from 2015-2017 and is the author of the Pushcart nominated Killing Marías (Two Sylvias Press) also shortlisted for WA State 2018 Book Award in poetry, and This City, (Floating Bridge Press, 2016). She is also the creator of the acclaimed Seattle Poetic Grid. Castro Luna is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship, the recipient of individual artist grants from King County 4Culture and Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture, a Hedgebrook and VONA alumna, and a 2014 Jack Straw fellow.

Born in El Salvador she came to the United States in 1981. She has an MA in Urban Planning, a teaching certificate and an MFA in poetry. Her poems have been featured in PBS Newshour, KQED San Francisco, KUOW Seattle and have appeared in Poetry Northwest, La Bloga, Dialogo and Psychological Perspectives among others.

Her non-fiction work can be read in several anthologies, among them This Is The Place: Women Writing About Home, (Seal Press) Claudia is currently working on a memoir, "Like Water to Drink," about her experience escaping the civil war in El Salvador. Living in English and Spanish, she writes and teaches in Seattle where she gardens and keeps chickens with her husband and their three children.

Campus locationActivities and Recreation Center
Campus room2nd Floor
UW Bothell Event typesLectures/Seminars, Special Events, Student Activities
Event sponsorsLatinx Student Union
School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Event typesLectures/Seminars, Special Events, Student Activities
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