Edmonds Community College’s Convergence Writers Series is featuring Civic Poet Claudia Castro-Luna for a reading on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 12:30 p.m. in the college’s Black Box Theatre on campus, 20310 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood. It is free and open to the public.
Castro-Luna is newly appointed as Seattle’s Civic Poet, the recipient of a King County 4Culture grant, and a Jack Straw Fellow.
According to Castro-Luna, she writes because the flesh remembers even when the mind forgets and moving the hand across a page is a measure of resistance.
Her poems have appeared in publications such as “Riverbabble” and the “Taos Journal of Poetry and Art and City Arts” among others.
Born in El Salvador, Castro-Luna came to the U.S. in 1981. She is working on a memoir about her experience escaping the Salvadoran Civil War; an excerpt of it appears in the 2014 Jack Straw Writers Anthology.
She has a Master of Arts in Urban Planning and a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Mills College, and a teaching certificate.
Castro-Luna writes and teaches in Seattle where she gardens and keeps chickens with her husband and their three children.