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Claudia Castro Luna

Hi and welcome to my website,

This winter, in addition to the work I’m doing as the Washington State Poet Laureate, I am teaching a poetry class at Seattle University as their Distinguished Writer In Residence, and also continuing to write nonfiction.

If you have five minutes, I invite you to read this article I wrote for the magazine YES! regarding the families and children seeking asylum into the US. Moreover, KCTS 9 produced a short documentary showcasing my immigrant story.

Thank you for visiting,
– Claudia Castro Luna


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 and Killing Marías (Two Sylvias Press) also shortlisted for WA State 2018 Book Award in poetry and This City, (Floating Bridge Press). She is also the creator of the acclaimed Seattle Poetic Grid. Castro Luna is a Hedgebrook and VONA alumna, a 2014 Jack Straw fellow, the recipient of individual artist grants from King County 4Culture and Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture. 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 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. Since 2009, Claudia maintains Cipota bajo la Luna, a blog with reflections, writing and reviews.

Claudia standing between book shelves - black & white