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Poetry – Toni Lumbrazo Luna, Christopher Luna, Claudia F. Savage
April 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Toni Lumbrazo Luna’s Wind Wing is a poetry collection inspired by the lives of women. These poems provide a glimpse into life on the edge of mental illness, courage, transition, and discovery. The women inside this book have faced the impossible.
Message from the Vessel in a Dream is the first full-length volume of poetry by Christopher Luna, Clark County, WA’s first poet laureate (2013-2017) and the founder of Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic. The book contains work spanning 20 years, and favors prose poetry and collage poems assembled and arranged using found material. The book is dedicated to Carlos Santana, the guitar virtuoso and eponymous “vessel” who gifted Luna with the only line of poetry he has ever received from a dream.
Claudia F. Savage’s Bruising Continents is “the love story lurking deep inside the drama of these poems reveals that eros properly seen is a force as monumental as continental drift” (Dan Beachy-Quick).
Toni Lumbrazo Luna (formerly Partington) is a poet, editor, visual artist and the author of two poetry books: Jesus Is a Gas and Wind Wing. She’s co-founder of Printed Matter Vancouver providing editing and small press publishing. Originally from central New York, she’s made the Pacific Northwest her home for thirty years. She co-hosts the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic in Vancouver, WA and serves on the Clark County Arts Commission. Toni is currently working on her third collection of poetry tentatively titled “Driven by Hope” and on her first memoir, titled “Life in View of the Crazy House”.
Christopher Luna served as the first Poet Laureate of Clark County, WA from 2013-2017. His first full-length collection of poetry, Message from the Vessel in a Dream, was published by Flowstone Press in 2018. Luna has an MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and is the co-founder, with Toni Lumbrazo Luna, of Printed Matter Vancouver, a small press for Northwest writers which also provides writing coaching, editing, and manuscript review. He has hosted the popular Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic in Vancouver, WA since 2004. Luna’s books include Brutal Glints of Moonlight, GHOST TOWN, USA and The Flame Is Ours: The Letters of Stan Brakhage and Michael McClure 1961-1978.
Claudia F. Savage is part of the performance duo Thick in the Throat, Honey. Her latest collection of poetry is Bruising Continents (Spuyten Duyvil) with recent work in BOMB, Denver Quarterly, Columbia, Nimrod, Water-Stone Review, and Anomaly (the interview series “Witness the Hour: Arab American Poets Across the Diaspora”). She is a 2018-2021 Black Earth Institute Fellow and her collaboration, reductions, with visual artist Jacklyn Brickman, is forthcoming in 2020. Her poetics are influenced by rabid reading, Alice Coltrane, and long hikes in drippy forests. She teaches privately, through Literary Arts, and lives with her husband and daughter in Portland, OR. www.claudiafsavage.com
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