At the High Point Library Saturday, May 21st, 2016, 1–3 pm:
Join Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna May 21st for an afternoon of poetry exploration.
Castro Luna will lead participants through a fun and interactive afternoon reading and writing poetry. Castro Luna will kick things off with a poetry reading inspired by city life, then invite participants to let their memory and imagination wander and capture the people, the sights and sounds of the neighborhood they live in. Everyone has stories about the place they live in – Come and share yours! We encourage anyone who has written a poem before the workshop to bring it and share it with the whole group.
Claudia Castro Luna is Seattle’s first Civic Poet, the recipient of a King County 4Culture grant and a Jack Straw Fellow. Born in El Salvador she came to the United States in 1981. She has an MA in Urban Planning and an MFA in poetry. She is a certified K-12 teacher and has taught writing in the schools through Jack Straw. 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, the Taos Journal of Poetry and Art and City Arts among others. 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. Living in English and Spanish, Claudia writes and teaches in Seattle where she gardens and keeps chickens with her husband and their three children.
Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.