Claudia Castro Luna was born in in El Salvador and came to the United States in 1981. She earned an MFA in poetry from Mills College. She has been a featured reader at the Berkeley Poetry Festival and at KALW, a San Francisco NPR affiliate, during National Poetry Month. She is working on a memoir about her experience escaping the Salvadoran Civil War. An excerpt from her memoir appears in the 2014 Jack Straw Writers Anthology. She lives in English and Spanish, loves gardening and shares a house in Seattle with her husband and three kids.