Claudia Castro Luna
Claudia Castro Luna is Washington's State Poet Laureate (2018–2021) and served as Seattle's inaugural Civic Poet (2015–2017). She is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets, Poets Laureate Fellowship and the author of Killing Marías (Two Sylvias), finalist for the WA State Book Award 2018, This City (Floating Bridge), and One River, a Thousand Voices (Chin Music Press). 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 non-fiction has appeared in the anthologies This Is the Place (Seal Press), The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the US (Northwestern University Press), and Vanishing Points: Contemporary Salvadoran Narrative (Kalina Eds). Living in English and Spanish, Claudia writes and teaches in Seattle, where she gardens and keeps chickens with her husband and their three children. Learn more via her website.