Help us ring in Claudia Castro Luna’s new collection of poems Killing Marías (Two Sylvias Press) with a reading and a Day of the Dead celebration. Introductions will be conducted by Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs.
Early praise for Killing Marías:
“Each poem in Killing Marías is addressed to someone named Maria who has been killed in Juárez. Lyric in tradition, they are more love poems than elegies. The poems are full of love, of care, of transnational empathy. This is a book that is unusually moving and beautifully written.”
—Juliana Spahr, author of This Connection of Everyone with Lungs
“In this epic poetry collection Killing Marías, Claudia Castro Luna, both poetically and physically, settles spaces that were unclaimed by Latinas. Her inscription of the disappeared women of Juárez is a live cartographic image of struggle and spiritual survival. Castro Luna does not allow for these dead women to lack agency; they nourish us and the earth, and they speak with their bodies, literally, positioning themselves as recovered entities with agency, in the poet’s skilled narrativizing hands.”
—Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Ph.D., author of A Most Improbable Life
Claudia Castro Luna served as Seattle’s first Civic Poet from 2015-2017 and is the author of two collections of poetry: Killing Marías (Two Sylvias Press) and This City (Floating Bridge Press). Claudia is a Hedgebrook and VONA alumna, 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 now lives in English and Spanish and writes and teaches in Seattle where she gardens and keeps chickens with her husband and their three children.
Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Ph.D. is Poet and Professor of Modern Languages/Women and Gender Studies at Seattle University. Her research interests lie in the areas of Chican@/Latin@ and Latin American literatures, cultural studies and feminist theory, but her intellectual and teaching interests incorporate literary and cultural theory, Latin American Studies and the study of Immigration, and the shifting of international positions towards ethnicity and identity. She is the author of the poetry collections A Most Improbable Life and The Runaway Poems: A Manual of Love (both from Finishing Line Press) and the forthcoming novel Invitations: Malgré Tout as well as her collection of interviews, and theorization of cultural exile: Communal Feminisms: Chicanas, Chilenas and Cultural Exile Lexington Books, 2007). Her forthcoming co-edited books include Rebozos de Palabras: An Helena María Viramontes Reader, and La Pluma Pintada: A José Antonio Burciaga Reader.