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Claudia Castro Luna reading at the Library of Congress for the Academy of American Poets, Dear Poet program KCTS 9 Claudia Castro Luna documentary Mapping Seattle, poem by poem – Lorna Baldwin. PBS News Hour Seattle’s first civic poet – Joseph Suttner and Starla Sampaco, KING 5 8/15/17 Reading Emerald City Blues at Mayor’s Arts Award Ceremony 2016

Seismic: Seattle, City of Literature

Edited by Kristen Millares Young Seattle was designated a UNESCO City of Literature in 2017 and has been working as part of the international network since then. Seismic is a collection that asks writers to consider what the designation means for our city and how literature might be an agent of change. This collection, a […]

Washington Poetic Routes

Washington Poetic Routes is a digital poetry-mapping project that explores Washington’s rich geographical terrain, both in terms of landscape and in terms of the human relationships that unfold across the State. Geography is inescapable. We are bound to the places we inhabit, the terrain we call home. My hope is that through writing and reading […]

Audio & Podcasts

The words that hold our souls inside them – KUOW Listen here Indivisible Podcast Listen here Original Lines Podcast at Two Ponies Press Listen here London Review of Books – Vanishing Points: Contemporary Writing From El Salvador Listen here  ‘Am I not an immigrant?’ Echoes of Sojourner Truth in this Seattleite’s poem – KUOW Listen here ‘We Eat War:’ Seattle […]

This Is The Place

Home is a loaded word, a complex idea: it’s a place that can be comforting, difficult, nourishing, war-torn, or political. In this breathtaking, thought-provoking collection, 30 women writers explore the theme in personal essays about neighbors, marriage, kids, sentimental objects, homelessness, domestic violence, solitude, immigration, gentrification, geography, and more. Contributors–including Amanda Petrusich, Naomi Jackson, Jane […]

This City

“From the very first poem in Luna’s new chapbook, This City, readers understand that Luna has obviously written the book in her role as a Civic Poet, by which I mean she engages with the idea of Seattle. This is a celebration of the city, but it is also an investigation, a work of criticism, […]

Killing Marías

Find it now at Two Sylvias Press. “In this epic poetry collection Killing Marías, Claudia Castro Luna, both poetically and physically, settles spaces that were unclaimed by Latinas. Her inscription of the disappeared women of Juárez is a live cartographic image of struggle and spiritual survival. Castro Luna does not allow for these dead women to […]

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 […]


In 2016/2017, Claudia Castro Luna curated Word’s Worth, a series of readings for the City of Seattle Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and Arts Committee (CRUEDA). Four selections are available here and more can be found on the Seattle Channel under CRUEDA.