Seattle Poetic Grid

Seattle Civic Poet, Claudia Castro Luna, launches a poetry map of the city. Seattle Poetic Grid (http://www.seattlepoeticgrid.com) is an interactive poetic cartography of the city and a culmination of Castro Luna’s two-year Civic Poet residency. The Grid brings Seattle’s poetic side to light. The project is intended to remain as a living testament of the […]

Seattle Symphony Project

In February 2017, Claudia Castro Luna collaborated with Seattle Symphony and Mary’s Place on a project in response to Seattle’s State of Emergency Declaration on Homelessness. Selected Press Seattle Symphony brings homelessness inside the concert hall, Jason Victor Serinus. The Seattle Times. Jan 29, 2017. Listening to Every Voice: Ives, Art, Poetry, and the Homeless […]

Writer’s Resist at Town Hall

From Town Hall Seattle: On Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, as part of a nationwide series of readings celebrating American ideals of freedom and equality, 14 writers read excerpts from their own work and the writings of other American thinkers concerned with freedom of speech, such as MLK, himself, Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, Thomas […]

Emerald City Blues

Emerald City Blues   Sky favors no one grey upon grey or ocean blue Lovers and homeless wake up under it wet with dew The model city we imagine and how to renew   Night after night old man his curtains drew Then in one day his house razed and cat at the window too […]

Think of Santos

Read at El Centro de la Raza, on Dia de los Muertos, November 2nd 2015, to commemorate the death of 12 year old Santos Rodriguez. Think of Santos — In memory of Santos Rodriguez Since not anger, not prayers, nor protests The clock can stop and prevent the bullet Fired by a half man and […]

A Corner to Love

Maps of this city number in the thousands unique and folded neatly inside each citizen’s   heart. We live in the city and the city lives in us   Read on KUOW, September 4th, 2015 To listen: http://kuow.org/post/meet-seattles-first-civic-poet-claudia-castro-luna  

Seattle’s Poem

Seattle is a house Perched on the comings and goings of water and wind ripple of fish feather of crow early morning ferry yawn Seattle I say and invoke a man and a place the two inseparable not proportional not parallel but as language is to poem and salt to sea I watch bridges, bicyclists, […]