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Claudia Castro Luna

Spring has arrived! Those of us who live in Seattle are enjoying an unrivaled weekend of glorious sun. 

This week I officially ended my duties as Washington State’s Poet Laureate. I served three amazing years traveling across the state as part of an ever growing community of poets and poetry enthusiasts. 

Thank you Washington and Governor Inslee for this opportunity.

My farewell letter appeared first in the official blog of the WA Poet Laureate.

Be well!
– Claudia Castro Luna


Claudia Castro Luna is an Academy of American Poets Poet Laureate fellow (2019), WA State Poet Laureate (2018 – 2021) and Seattle’s inaugural Civic Poet (2015-2018), the author of One River, A Thousand Voices (Chin Music Press), the Pushcart nominated  Killing Marías (Two Sylvias Press) also shortlisted for WA State 2018 Book Award in poetry, and the chapbook This City (Floating Bridge Press). Her most recent non-fiction is forthcoming in There’s a Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis (Vintage) due out in May 2021. Born in El Salvador she came to the United States in 1981. Living in English and Spanish, Claudia writes and teaches in Seattle on unceded Duwamish lands where she gardens and keeps chickens with her husband and their three children.

Claudia standing between book shelves - black & white