SPSCC to host workshop with Washington State Poet Laureate

Published: 
Thursday, April 4, 2019

SPSCC is happy to welcome Washington State’s Poet Laureate and former Seattle Civic Poet, Claudia Castro Luna, for an open poetry workshop taking place at SPSCC’s Olympia Campus on Friday, April 12. Castro Luna is especially looking forward to working with SPSCC students: “I want to work with everyone, but my preference would be students. I know how much that early guidance meant to me. I’m a big believer in our Community Colleges.”

Poetry Workshop
Friday, April 12
1 – 3 p.m.
Bldg. 21, Room 130
SPSCC Olympia Campus

The workshop is co-sponsored by the Northwest Playwrights Alliance, based at Seattle Repertory Theatre. NPA’s artistic director, Bryan Willis, has been helping to arrange Castro Luna’s visit for over a year. “She’s one of our very best poets – both her work and how she speaks about her craft and artistry. She’s absolutely inspiring. She’s one of the most community minded and gifted poets I’ve ever met.”

About Claudia Castro Luna

Born in El Salvador, Claudia Castro Luna came to the United States with her family in 1981. She has an MA in Urban Planning, a teaching certificate and an MFA in poetry. Her work includes non-fiction pieces as well as the poetry collections Killing Marías (Two Sylvias Press) and This City (Floating Bridge Press). After working as a K-12 teacher, she became Seattle’s first Civic Poet in 2017, earning acclaim for her Seattle Poetic Grid project, an online map that hosts poems from the Seattle community. Currently, Castro Luna writes and teaches in Seattle, where she gardens and keeps chickens with her husband and their three children.

Claudia Castro Luna, a dark-haired woman, smiling and wearing a red  beaded necklace