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Puget Sound Poetry Connection is pleased to announce our distinguished writer for the month of February is C. W. Buckley. Please come and join us Friday, February 8th @ 7:00 pm for this exciting literary event.
A fourth generation West Coast native, C.W. Buckley lives and works in Seattle with his family. Corporate by day, Catholic by faith, he graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Human Biology before earning an M.A. in Religion after spending two years as a chaplain resident at the Stanford and Packard Children’s Hospitals. His writing explores geek culture, conscience, faith, and fatherhood. Reading regularly at the Easy Speak open mic in that city’s northeast, his work is forthcoming in Catamaran and Image Journal and appears in Timberline Review, Raven Chronicles Journal, Tiferet: A Journal of Spiritual Literature, Rock & Sling | a journal of witness, Lummox Journal, POESY Magazine, and the Bay Area Poets Coalition Anthology 23. He is the author of BLUING, a chapbook from Finishing Line Press. You can follow him as @chris_buckley on Twitter.



Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna visits Tacoma's Poetry Connection as their January Distinguished Writer.

On Friday January 11th, 2019, The Puget Sound Poetry Connection's Distinguished Poet's series kicked off in spectacular fashion. Current WA State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna led us in an intimate reading of her beautiful, profound, and sometimes jarring poetry.


Given current politics and societal focus on immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers from Central America, her poetry resonates especially well.  Born in El Salvador, she came as a child with family to the United States in 1981 to escape the civil war in her home country.  Her ability to address the concerns and lives of individuals moving across borders into unknown and uncertain futures informs her beautiful poetry.

 

For those who observe the season of Epiphany, last Sunday’s gospel scripture recounted the Slaughter of the Innocents.  In a similar remembrance, Claudia’s epic poetry collection Killing Marias gives voice to women and girls murdered in Juarez Mexico.  One reviewer writes “each poem is a rosary bead (that) reveals a crack of light.”


Stay tuned for notices of our ongoing distinguished poets series held monthly at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Tacoma.

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