Claudia Castro Luna with Leticia Hernández-Linares
The publication of beloved Seattle poet Claudia Castro Luna’s marvelous new collection of poetry, Cipota Under the Moon (Tia Chucha Press) is celebrated this evening at Seattle Central Library. In this powerful, lyrical, charged new book, the inaugural Seattle Civic Poet and recent Washington State Poet Laureate, writes vividly with the perspective of both the everyday and personal, familial, and the longer arcs of history, civil war in her native El Salvador, strife, and immigration. In various poetic forms, and sometimes in languages more than one, she does this with vision, compassion, a keen eye for the larger and smaller, what is human, and what is beyond the human.
“Castro Luna moves between litany and lamentation with a memorable grace.” —Tod Marshall.
“Claudia Castro Luna’s stunning book of poems, Cipota Under the Moon, is one of re-remembering and reckoning. Poems arch back to a Salvadoran childhood and adolescence marked by blossoming, coming-into-being beauty – and wrenching, shattering terror – the two often intertwined, and come forward to a present decades later, palpable aftershocks of trauma and forced displacement still being lived. This book bravely meets those aftershocks, an intimate poetic voice recalling and realizing, violence and cruelty, with fierce tenderness. What Amy Hempel, paraphrasing an Arab proverb says: ‘When danger approaches, sing to it.’ With radiant voice, this book sings – to it all.” - Rick Simonson.
Helping host this evening, and hopefully doing some reading herself, poet, educator, and also of Salvadoran heritage Leticia Hernández-Linares. A professor of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University, her work includes the poetry collection, Mucha Muchacha, and the edited anthology, The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States.
This event will be presented live/in-person, with streaming as well, and is co-presented by The Seattle Public Library and Elliott Bay Book Company.