attention Seattle poets

February 13, 2019

The City of Seattle has opened applications for the city’s 2019-2021 Civic Poet. That person will follow multi-genre writer, interdisciplinary artist, and creative writing and poetry workshop facilitator, Anastacia-Renee, who has held the position since 2017, and Claudia Castro Luna, who served as the first Civic Poet, 2015-2017, and is currently the Washington State Poet Laureate and a Distinguished Writer In Residence at Seattle University.

The position is open to Seattle-based poets who have an established body of work, including published works, reading/spoken word, and project planning experience with skills in racial equity practices.

Find further details from the Office of Arts & Culture and apply on CaFÉ (login required) by the deadline, Wednesday, April 24, 2019; 10:59pm Pacific.

Seattle’s poetic voice

October 2, 2017

Back in June, we mentioned the Seattle Poetic Grid, created by Seattle Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna. Expanding on that story, Castro Luna and two participating poets were interviewed by PBS Newshour, which has posted the 7-minute segment, “Navigating Seattle’s ever-evolving streets through poetry.” Have a look, and then visit the Seattle Poetic Grid to read some of the city’s many voices.

mapping poetry

June 29, 2017

In a continuing commitment to put poetry on the map, Seattle Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna has created the Seattle Poetry Grid. The clickable map “traces the city in the voices of its citizens, from folks new to expressing themselves in poems to well established and beloved writers.” Currently displaying the work of more than 60 poets, the map will continue to grow as Seattle poets submit their work to Castro Luna.

More poetry maps: Denver; Dublin; Melbourne; Nanaimo; Scotland; Toronto; the world.

Poets Against Hate

February 6, 2016

Poets Against Hate

On Saturday, February 13, 2016, 2:00-5:00 p.m., the Seattle Public Library will welcome Claudia Castro Luna, Seattle’s Civic Poet, and a company of 60 outstanding poets, speaking out against hate. This free, family-friendly, public event, co-sponsored by the Jack Straw Foundation, 4Culture, Office of Arts & Culture, Raven Chronicles, and It’s About Time Writers Reading Series, will include poems in English, Spanish, Urdu, Arabic and Russian. See the list of poets at Raven Chronicles.

Seattle Civic Poet

April 25, 2015

Seattle Civic Poet

Seattle is getting serious about its poetry profile. The other day we posted about the city’s search for a Youth Poet Laureate and now we learn that Seattle is also seeking a Civic Poet. While the call for applications does not use the term poet laureate, the role and responsibilities sound similar.

The Seattle Civic Poet will “serve as a cultural ambassador,” offering “five annual performances” as well as “hands-on work with communities to engage constituents city-wide.” The position is “open to Seattle-based poets who have an established body of work including published works and/or spoken word experience.” The application deadline is May 28, 2015. Read more here.