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Imagining their Voices: The Murdered Women of Juárez

11/30 Friday | 12pm

NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge invites you to join us for a reading by Washington State Poet Laureate, Claudia Castro Luna, of her Pushcart-nominated new book, Killing Marías: A Poem for Multiple Voices.

Writer and poet Claudia Castro Luna will read from her book and weave through the reading a discussion of the forces that since 1993 have collided in the border city of Juárez where 1,779 women and girls (and counting) have been murdered in 25 years.

Claudia Castro Luna is the Poet Laureate of Washington State (2018-2020). She served as Seattle’s first Civic Poet from 2015-2017 and is the author of Pushcart nominated Killing Marías (Two Sylvia’s Press) and This City (Floating Bridge Press). Born in El Salvador she came to the United States in 1981 fleeing civil war. She has an MFA in poetry from Mills College, an MA in Urban Planning from UCLA and a K-12 teaching certificate. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, La Bloga, Diálogo, Psychological Perspectives, and the Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art among others. Her non-fiction work can be read in the anthologies_, This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home_ (Seal Press), The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the US,(Northwestern University Press) and Vanishing Points: Contemporary Salvadoran Narrative (Kalina Eds). Living in English and Spanish, Claudia writes and teaches in Seattle where she gardens and keeps chickens with her husband and their three children.

Co-sponsored by Public BooksThe King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center; NYU’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis

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