Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna will visit all 4 branches of the North Olympic Library System for a series of poetry readings and workshops for adults and teens on Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25.

Claudia Castro Luna has served as Seattle’s Civic Poet, from 2015-2017 and is the author of the Pushcart nominated Killing Marías also shortlisted for WA State 2018 Book Award in poetry, and This City. She is also the creator of the acclaimed Seattle Poetic Grid. Castro Luna is a Hedgebrook and VONA alumna, a 2014 Jack Straw fellow, the recipient of individual artist grants from King County 4Culture and Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, La Bloga, Dialogo, and Psychological Perspectives, among others.

Born in El Salvador, she came to the United States in 1981. Claudia is currently working on a memoir, Like Water to Drink, about her experience escaping the civil war in El Salvador. Living in English and Spanish, she writes and teaches in Seattle. This program is generously supported by the Friends of the Library.