Seattle is a city that’s been shaped by technology, from Boeing to Microsoft to Amazon. But there’s a new digital presence influencing how we see the city: poetry. The Seattle Poetic Grid is the culminating project of Claudia Castro Luna, in her role as the inaugural Seattle Civic poet. She says it makes perfect sense for a poetic atlas to live in the world of ones and zeros.
“Seattle is changing very rapidly due to technology - it’s fitting that the arts should also occupy that space." Her work has long been shaped by the question of how we occupy space. Prior to becoming a poet, her first career was as an urban planner. Place, she says, is the thread that connects her work as a planner and her work as a poet; the map builds a natural bridge between the two. Castro Luna is now the first woman of color to hold the title of Washington State Poet Laureate.