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Celebrate National Poetry Month and mark the inaugural reading of Claudia Castro Luna's tenure as artist-in-residence.

The Poets Are In! is an intergenerational reading featuring:

Seattle's Civic Poet, Claudia Castro Luna

Youth Poet Laureate Leija Farr

Anastacia Rene'e Tolbert

Alan Chong Lau

Max Taylor

Maya Chinen

Claudia Castro Luna, Seattle's first Civic Poet was born in El Salvador. She has a MA in Urban Planning, a teaching certificate and an MFA in poetry from Mills College. 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 Riverbabble, the Taos Journal of Poetry and Art and are forthcoming in Poetry Northwest and Dialogo. She is working on a memoir about her experience escaping the Salvadoran Civic War; an excerpt of which appears in the 2014 Jack Straw Writers Anthology.

Leija Farr, the first ever Youth Poet Laureate in Seattle history, became serious about poetry after winning a spoken word contest at 12 years old. Since then, she has grown up mentally and physically through open mics across the city.

Anastacia Rene'e Tolbert is a queer super-shero of color moonlighting as a writer, performance artist and creative writing workshop facilitator. Anastacia Rene'e has received awards and fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Jack Straw, Ragdale and Artist Trust. She was recently selected as the 2015-16 Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House, a place for writers in Seattle. Her chapbook 26 was published by Dancing Girl Press. Her poetry & fiction have been published in Literary Orphans, Bitterzoet, Radius Poetry, Seattle Review, Duende, Bone Bouquet, Dressing Room Poetry and many more.

Alan Chong Lau is the recipient of numerous awards. His poems have been widely anthologized. He is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Blues and Greens: A Produce Worker's Journal and no hurry. He serves as Arts Editor for the International Examiner.

Max Taylor is most often seen residing at his house in Wallingford or stroking his chin at the front row of an open mic. He is graduating this year as a senior at Roosevelt High School, but takes advantage of Washington's Running Start program to take his classes at North Seattle College. He finds his passion in poetry and performance art and hopes to develop his writing wherever the future may take him.

Maya Chinen, a first-year student at Seattle University, is pursuing degrees in both Environmental Studies and Spanish. She grew up on south Beacon Hill and began her walk with the spoken-word in a classroom on First Hill. She continues her writing today through creative non-fiction and page-poetry.
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By: The Seattle Public Library

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