Clark County Poet Laureate

Clark County Poet Laureate

The Clark County Arts Commission recognizes that a poet laureate acts as a cultural ambassador, composes poems for special occasions, and represents his or her community at events as a culture bearer.

The main duty of the poet laureate is to promote the art of poetry and literature throughout the county. In addition to being a poet of stature, the poet laureate works cooperatively with citizens of all ages, reflects on experiences that define our diverse lives as residents of Clark County, and inspires through the power and magic of words.

Clark County Poet Laureate

Christopher Luna Inaugural Clark County Poet Laureate January 22, 2013 to December 31, 2016

 About Christopher Luna


With an MFA in Writing and Poetics from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, CO, Luna is a poet, visual artist and editor. At Washington State University Vancouver’s Writing Center, Luna is a writing consultant and poetry event coordinator. He teaches a weekly writing workshop at the WSUV Writing Center and a monthly workshop at Niche.

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, and the Boulder Planet. In 2011 Luna co-edited Ghost Town Poetry, an anthology of poems from the first six years of the popular open mic poetry reading series that Luna established in 2004.

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 and Vin Scelsa’s “Idiot’s Delight,” and his poetry has appeared in publications including It’s Animal But Merciful, gape-seed, 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.

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).

“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, both edited by David James Randolph for New Way Media).

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 Christopher Luna compiled and edited at Brakhage’s request.