Episode 11: Interview with Christopher Luna (poet, educator, community organizer, publisher, and dad) / by Claudia Savage

Christopher Luna, poet, organizer and dad to Angelo, reminds us what it means to trust others and ourselves and how that can be applied to art-making, child-rearing, and life. An avid collaborator and supporter of others, he believes that putting love and community first allows everyone access to the best parts of themselves. He lives and teaches in Vancouver, Washington, runs the Ghost Town Poetry reading series at The Angst Gallery, runs Printed Matter Vancouver: a press and editing business with his wife, Toni Partington, and has transformed the writing scene, being named the Poet Laureate of Clark County for a record 5 years. 

"So, I'm in Vancouver [USA] and I'm bored because it is boring."

 Christopher Luna (photo by Julian Nelson

Christopher Luna (photo by Julian Nelson

"It is not the path of least resistance, it is the path of no resistance...what would happen if you allow people to self-police?"

 Christopher with his son, Angelo, at his high school graduation

Christopher with his son, Angelo, at his high school graduation

"When Angelo turned 12, I kept waiting for him to wake up...and hate me...but it never happened and now he is 18 and we still trust and respect each other."

 Christopher and Angelo on St. Mark's Place

Christopher and Angelo on St. Mark's Place

"No one says, can you take those poems off the bus please? I think it is a good thing for a writer to take public transportation because it gives you a more direct experience of your life."

Check out one of Christopher's latest projects Documenting Street Art (with Toni Luna and Leah Jackson) at The Angst Gallery--July 6-28, 2018.

 Christopher Luna's work space

Christopher Luna's work space