Visiting Writers

Claudia Castro Luna

Visiting writer Claudia Castro Luna

The English Department welcomes Claudia Castro Luna to Seattle University in Winter 2019 to teach Writing Lyric Poetry (ENGL 3150-01).

In Winter Term 2019, we are proud to welcome our Washington State Poet Laurette, Claudia Castro Luna, who will teach “ENGL 3150: Writing Lyric Poetry” (Tues/Thurs 10:15-12:20). Professor Castro Luna will also be hosting an event, “Celebrating Indigenous Poets of the Pacific Northwest” during winter term—stay tuned for dates and details! 

Claudia Castro Luna is Washington State Poet Laureate. She served as Seattle’s Civic Poet, from 2015-2017 and is the author of the Pushcart nominated Killing Marías (Two Sylvias Press) and This City, (Floating Bridge Press) and the creator of the acclaimed Seattle Poetic Grid. She is also a Hedgebrook and VONA alumna, a 2014 Jack Straw fellow, the recipient of a King County 4Culture grant and an individual artist grant from Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture. Born in El Salvador she came to the United States in 1981. She has an MA in Urban Planning, a teaching certificate and an MFA in poetry. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, La Bloga, Dialogo and Psychological Perspectives among others. Her non-fiction work can be read in several anthologies, among them This Is The Place: Women Writing About Home, (Seal Press) Claudia is currently working on a memoir, Like Water to Drink, about her experience escaping the civil war in El Salvador. Living in English and Spanish, she writes and teaches in Seattle where she gardens and keeps chickens with her husband and their three children. Since 2009, Claudia maintains Cipota bajo la Luna, a blog with reflections, writing and reviews.


Deamond Arrindell

Visiting writer Deamond Arrindell

The English Department welcomes Deamond Arrindell to Seattle University in Spring 2019 to teach Spoken Word Poetry.

Back by popular demand in Spring Term 2019, Daemond Arrindell will be joining us again to teach his highly successful “Spoken Word Poetry” class. As usual, Professor Arrindell will host his popular slam poetry event at the culmination of the class, complete with spoken word poetry guests from the Seattle literary community! 

Daemond Arrindell is a poet, performer, and teaching artist. Writer-In-Residence through Seattle Arts & Lectures' Writers in the Schools Program; and in 2012, he taught Seattle University’s first course in Slam Poetry. He has performed and facilitated workshops in poetry venues, prisons, high schools and colleges across the country, including through Freehold Theatre's Engaged Theatre program, and he has been repeatedly commissioned by both Seattle and Bellevue Arts Museums. Recently he was selected for “13 for ‘13,” a joint project between the Seattle Times and KUOW profiling 13 influential people in Seattle’s art scene.