On Writing: Becoming a Deeper Reader

On Writing: Becoming a Deeper Reader

A reader on the crowd-sourcing platform Quora asked a question about how to deepen their reading practices and read beyond just mere plot. Here’s a post I made in reply that provided some hints and strategies for deepening one’s reading practice and...
Bookstores: Auntie’s Books

Bookstores: Auntie’s Books

— Read my books at Auntie’s — I moved from California to the wilds of Spokane Washington for my undergraduate degree. Honestly, I think it was the farthest I could get from home and still remain in the same time zone. It was my first time living away...
Poem: Middle Passage

Poem: Middle Passage

Black History Month: February  Middle Passage Robert Hayden   I Jesús, Estrella, Esperanza, Mercy: Sails flashing to the wind like weapons, sharks following the moans the fever and the dying; horror the corposant and compass rose. Middle Passage: voyage through death...
Poem: Lyric for a day like today

Poem: Lyric for a day like today

Claudia Castro Luna becomes Washington’s next poet laureate on February 1, 2018. She was the Seattle Civic Poet from 2015-2017. Her new book Killing Marias: A Poem for Multiple Voices is now available. You can follow her on Twitter at @ClaudiaC_L Lyric for a day like...
Poem: Phenomenal Woman

Poem: Phenomenal Woman

Black History Month: February Phenomenal Woman Maya Angelou Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of...