Happy Winter Solstice!
Hard to believe we are now in the early days of the last month of the year. I’m looking forward to closing the quarter at Seattle U where I teach and to having downtime with my family. I’m also looking forward to tackling my ever-growing reading pile which I partially list at the end of this note.
The big news is that in April of 2022 Tia Chucha Press will publish my new book of poems Cipota Under The Moon.
(Cipota is Salvadoran slang for niña/girl)
Here is the catalog description and the working cover:
In Cipota under the Moon, Claudia Castro Luna scores a series of poems as an ode to the Salvadoran immigrant experience in the United States. The poems are wrought with memories of the 1980s civil war and rich with observations from recent returns to her native country. Castro Luna draws a parallel between the ruthlessness of the war and the violence endured by communities of color in US cities; she shows how children are often the silent, unseen victims of state-sanctioned and urban violence. In lush prose poems, musical tankas, and free verse, Castro Luna affirms that the desire for light and life outweighs the darkness of poverty, violence, and war. Cipota under the Moon is a testament to the men, women, and children who bet on life at all costs and now make their home in another language, in another place, which they, by their presence, change every day.
– Claudia Castro Luna
Books that are up next on my reading list:
Libros en Español:
- Diario del Dolor – María Luisa Puga
- El Luto Humano – José Revueltas
- Cartucho – Nellie Campobello
- Ima y Coli son el árbol que no fue semilla – Alejandro Pérez-Cortés
- Ima and Coli are the tree that was never a seed
Books in English:
- Em by Kim Thúy
- Matrix by Lauren Groff
- The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai
- The Emperor Divine by Julie Otsuka
- Biography of Silence by Pablo d’Ors
- How to not be afraid of everything by Jane Wong
- How I Became a Tree by Sumana Roy
- Allegria by Giuseppe Ungaretti
If you’re interested in some of my most recent work, please check out the anthology There’s a Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis, edited by Track K. Smith and John Freeman.
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). Castro Luna’s newest collection of poetry, Cipota Under the Moon, is forthcoming April 2022 from Tia Chucha Press. She is also 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 in There’s a Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis (Vintage). 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.