In 2007, Washington established a state poet laureate position, which is currently held by Claudia Castro Luna who was appointed to a two-year term in 2018. Luna is the author of Killing Marias (Two Sylvias Press, 2017) and the chapbook This City (Floating Bridge Press, 2016). 

Anastacia Renee Tolbert was named poet laureate of Seattle, Washington, in 2017. Tolbert will serve a two-year term.

In 2017, Mark Anderson was named poet laureate of Spokane, Washington. Anderson will serve a two-year term.

Kellie Richardson was named poet laureate of Tacoma, Washington, in 2017. Richardson will also serve a two-year term.

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Mt. Rainier National Park

We are standing on the access road to Paradise.
Seven miles from the gates.  We are standing
on the centerline, the moon on our faces, the mountain
at our backs. 
Were it less than full, we might see,
in its northwest sector, the Land of