State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna to Visit Western Dec. 3

Washington's Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna will visit Western for a reading of her poetry at 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3 in Academic West 210.

The reading is free and open to the public, and sponsored by Western's English Department.


Castro Luna fled war-torn El Salvador for the United States at the age of 14 with her family. She went on to earn an MFA in Poetry and an master's degree in Urban Planning. After working as a K-12 teacher, she became Seattle’s first Civic Poet, a position appointed by the mayor. In that position, Castro Luna won acclaim for her Seattle Poetic Grid, an online interactive map of showcasing poems about different locations around the city, a project that landed her an interview on PBS NewsHour. She is also the author of the poetry chapbook This City and the collection Killing Marías. 


Her website:


More about Claudia and being Washington's poet laureate:


Luna's recent op-ed in The Seattle Times about the migrant caravan: 


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