April is National Poetry Month, and in honor of poets and poetry everywhere, we have a real treat: an interview with Claudia Castro Luna. Claudia is the current Poet Laureate of Washington State; she’s also just finished her term as Seattle’s first-ever Civic Poet. We talk with Claudia about her public poetry projects, her life as an immigrant, and her deep love of writing as a means of connecting.
Listen to Claudia read three poems from her recent book Killing Marias accompanied by her own Spanish translations.
Claudia Castro Luna is Washington State’s current Poet Laureate. She served a term as Seattle’s Civic Poet from 2015-2017, and was the creator of the Seattle Poetic Grid. She is the author of two books, This City from Floating Bridge Press and Killing Marias from Two Sylvias Press. Her poetry and other work has appeared in numerous journals nationwide.
To find out more about Claudia, visit her website here. Or check out her blog, Cipota bajo la Luna.
Find Claudia’s project, Seattle Poetic Grid, here.
And to find out more about the Washington Poet Laureate office, and to check in on Claudia during her stint, visit the official site & blog here.
Claudia’s bilingual reading starts at around 22:30 but the prior five minutes or so includes some fascinating background.
Laura & Claudia mention the women’s poetry retreat Poets on the Coast. Find more info here.
This podcast is a 2018 production of Two Ponies Press. All rights reserved.
Host & Producer: Laura Allen
Sound Engineer & Technical Direction: Phil Allen
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