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Christopher Luna

Literary Arts

Christopher Luna by Julian Nelson 2 November 2013

Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna is a poet, publisher, visual artist, teacher, and editor. He has an MFA in Writing and Poetics from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. He is also the editor of “The Work,” a monthly email newsletter featuring poetry events in Portland, Vancouver, and the Pacific Northwest. He is the co-founder, with Toni Partington, of Printed Matter Vancouver, an editing service and small press that serves Northwest writers. Together Luna and Partington edited Ghost Town Poetry volumes one and two, featuring poems from the popular open mic poetry reading series that Luna established in 2004. Printed Matter Vancouver also published Serenity in the Brutal Garden, the debut collection by Vancouver poet Jenney Pauer. In 2012 Luna was the subject of Innovators of Vancouver, one in a series of films by Chris Martin showcasing pioneering Vancouver, WA artists, business owners, and community leaders.

In 2011 Niche Wine and Art Bar and Angst Gallery proprietor Leah Jackson named him the poet laureate of her businesses. Luna teaches a monthly poetry workshop at Niche and has organized a series of bilingual poetry readings at the bar since receiving this honor. He, Jackson, and Partington have also sponsored an annual poetry contest to find short pieces to be printed on Niche coasters.

Luna frequently collaborates with musicians and has been a featured reader at bookstores, nightclubs, libraries, and coffee shops across the nation. His spoken word recordings have been featured on Dr. Demento, Vin Scelsa’s “Idiot’s Delight,” and KBOO FM’s Radio Lost and Found, hosted by Rich Lindsay. His poetry has appeared in publications including Bombay Gin, Twenty Four Hours Zine, The Understanding Between Foxes and Light, It’s Animal But Merciful, gape-seed, Unshod Quills, Take Out, Night Bomb Review, Soundings Review, Chiron Review, Full of Crow, Cadillac Cicatrix, The Lion Speaks: An Anthology for Hurricane Katrina, eye-rhyme, Gare du Nord, Exquisite Corpse, Many Mountains Moving, the @tached document, and Big Scream.

Luna’s articles and criticism have appeared in the e-zine Writing the Life Poetic as well as Rain Taxi Review of Books, New York Journal of Books, the Poetry Project Newsletter, Current Biography, the Columbian, the Oregonian, Willamette Week, the Vancouver Voice, the Vancouver Vector, and the Boulder Planet. His books include tributes and ruminations (Dristil Press, 2000), On the Beam (with David Madgalene, 2005), Sketches for a Paranoid Picture Book on Memory (King of Mice Press, 2005), and GHOST TOWN, USA (This is Not an Albatross, 2008). To Be Named and Other Works of Poetic License, a poetic travelogue and art book created in collaboration with David Madgalene and Toni Partington was released in July 2010, and accompanied by an art show at Angst Gallery in Vancouver, WA displaying many of the one-of-a-kind covers for the book, each of which was made by altering an album cover. “More than we can bear,” an epic investigative poem about the aftermath of September 11, was anthologized both online (For Immediate Release) and in print (On the Way After 9/11, 2002 and Candles in the Dark, Flames for the Future, 2003, ed. David James Randolph, New Way Media). His most recent publication is Brutal Glints of Moonlight, a chapbook containing poems based on Norman Mailer’s 1980 Pulitzer-Prize winning novel The Executioner’s Song for Pulitzer Remix, a National Poetry Month project sponsored by the Found Poetry Review.

Luna is also the author of Literal Motion (Bootstrap Press, 2001), which features three interviews with the filmmaker Stan Brakhage. In May 2011 Big Bridge published The Flame Is Ours: The Letters of Stan Brakhage and Michael McClure 1961-1978, an important piece of Twentieth-Century literary and cinema history that Luna compiled and edited at Brakhage’s request.