Claudia Castro Luna with Hilary Field
Along with being a wonderfully galvanizing force helping bring poetry to more people and more people to poetry here in Seattle as Seattle’s first Civic Poet, Claudia Castro Luna, besides now becoming the Washington State Poet Laureate, has also somehow been getting her own writing done and published. 2016 saw publication of This City. 2017, late in the fall, saw release of a powerful collection, naming and memorializing, Killing Marías (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 lack agency; they nourish us and the earth, and they speak with their bodies, literally, positioning themselves as recovered entities with agency, in the poet’s skilled narrativizing hands.” – Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Ph.D.
Joing in on this evening's festivities will be guitarist, Hilary Field.