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Seattle Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna
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'Am I not an immigrant?' Echoes of Sojourner Truth in this Seattleite's poem

Bill Radke and Elizabeth Austen mark International Women's Day with a conversation about a poem that echoes across 150 years of activism.

Seattle civic poet Claudia Castro Luna performs Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I A Woman?" It's based on a speech Truth gave at a women's rights convention in 1851. Castro Luna responds with a poem of her own reflecting her perspective as an immigrant from El Salvador in "Am I Not An Immigrant?"

Bonus: Read an essay by Castro Luna about her experience as an immigrant to the United States.

Castro Luna was one of more than a dozen authors raising their voices at "Writers Resist: A Celebration of Free Speech" at Seattle's Town Hall in January.

Castro Luna is nearing the end of a two-year term as Seattle's first civic poet. The City of Seattle is seeking the next Civic Poet.