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Claudia Castro LunaClaudia 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 is the author of Cipota Under the Moon (Tia Chucha Press, 2022); 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.


Books on my current 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

Claudia standing between book shelves - black & white