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Toni Lumbrazo Luna (formerly Partington) is a poet, editor, visual artist, and life/career coach. Her poetry has appeared in the NW Women’s Journal, The Cascade Journal, VoiceCatcher (editions 3 & 4), outwardlink.net, Perceptions Art Journal, Writing the Life Poetic E-Zine, and various other publications. She is the author of three books of poetry, Jesus Is A Gas (2009), WIND WING (2010), and Driven By Hope (2019). Toni co-hosts the popular Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic with Christopher Luna, a monthly forum for writers since 2004.
As a life/career coach, Toni loves to work with writers and artists interested in exploring ways to integrate lifestyle and their creative work. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Chapman University, an MA in Humanities with a major focus in Literature and Literary Editing from the California State University, Dominguez Hills, and post-graduate work at the University of Oregon to become certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator. Before embarking on other adventures, Toni spent over ten years teaching and advising women in transition returning to college. From there she spent the next fifteen years as a consultant to non-profit organizations and community colleges writing grants, developing fundraising plans, facilitating board development, and executing business and infrastructure planning.
Toni began writing at age ten and has integrated writing into many facets of her life. She believes it is never too late to begin something you’ve dreamed of doing. With fellow poet and life partner Christopher Luna she has realized her dream of assisting writers to bring their work into the public realm. Toni relishes the look on a writer’s face when they first see their words in print.
Enjoy this video of Toni reading her poetry at the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, OR on April 4, 2015:
Clark County WA’s inaugural Poet Laureate (2013-2017) Christopher Luna is a poet, publisher, visual artist, writing coach, teacher, and editor. He has an MFA in Writing and Poetics from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. He is also the editor of The Work, a monthly email newsletter featuring poetry events in Portland, Vancouver, and the Pacific Northwest.
Together he and his wife, Printed Matter Vancouver co-founder Toni Lumbrazo Luna, edited and published Ghost Town Poetry volumes one and two, featuring poems from the popular open mic poetry reading series that Luna established in 2004. Printed Matter Vancouver also published the full length debut collections for two Vancouver, WA poets: Serenity in the Brutal Garden, by Jenney Pauer, and Meet Me Where I Left You, by Tiffany Burba.
In 2011 Niche Wine and Art Bar and Angst Gallery proprietor Leah Jackson named him the poet laureate of her businesses. Luna teaches a monthly poetry workshop at Niche and has organized a series of bilingual poetry readings at the bar since receiving this honor. Printed Matter Vancouver and Jackson also sponsored several poetry contests to find short pieces to be printed on Niche coasters.
In 2012 Luna was the subject of Innovators of Vancouver, one in a series of films by Chris Martin showcasing pioneering Vancouver, WA artists, business owners, and community leaders.
In 2013 the Clark County Arts Commission named Luna the first Poet Laureate of Clark County, WA. He used the position to establish a Poets in the Schools program for Clark County, and he and Toni created Poetry Moves, a program that places poems by local students and adults on buses in the C-Tran system serving the county.
Luna has been a featured reader and workshop leader at Burning Word (Whidbey Island, WA), California’s New Way Media Festival, Auburn Days (Auburn, WA), the Tacoma Poetry Festival (Tacoma, WA), Poets in the Park (Redmond, WA) and the Inland Poetry Prowl (Ellensburg, WA). For more than two decades, he has collaborated with musicians including Jason Levis (Heftpistole Chamber Ensemble, Joseph’s Bones, duo B.), Rob Ewing (Disappear Incompletely), Lisa Mezzacappa (duo B.), Tyler Burba, Matt Meighan, Totter, Liquid Logic, Steven Taylor (the Fugs, Allen Ginsberg), and local favorites Rich and Carson Halley, Eric Padget (Future Fridays, Sigourney Reverb, Orkestar Zirconium), River Twain, Julio Appling (Trio Flux, the Student Loan), Five Guys Playing Jazz, Beth Karp, Lincoln’s Beard, headshapes, David Chaparro, Caroline Chaparro, BRIZBOMB, Jim Templeton (Cosmic Dust Fusion Band), and Aram Arslanian. He has appeared on recordings by Pimpcore and Dystopia One. “Steve Buscemi,” an ode to the actor and director that Luna recorded with Dystopia One, appeared on Dr. Demento and Vin Scelsa’s “Idiot’s Delight.” More recently, Luna has appeared on the air on KBOO FM’s Talking Earth (hosted by Walt Curtis and Barbara LaMorticella) and Radio Lost and Found (hosted by Rich Lindsay).
Luna’s poetry has appeared in publications including Birds Fall Silent in the Mechanical Sea, WA 129, The Poeming Pigeon, Gobshite Quarterly, Clark College Phoenix, Sharon Wood Wortman’s Big & Awesome Bridges of Portland and Vancouver, Bombay Gin, World of Change, Twenty Four Hours Zine, The Understanding Between Foxes and Light, Continent of Light, It’s Animal But Merciful, gape-seed, Unshod Quills, Take Out, 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.
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, the Vancouver Vector, and the Boulder Planet.
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).
To Be Named and Other Works of Poetic License, a poetic travelogue and art book created in collaboration with David Madgalene and Toni Lumbrazo Luna was released in July 2010, and accompanied by an art show at Angst Gallery in Vancouver, WA displaying many of the one-of-a-kind covers for the book, each of which was made by altering an album cover.
“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, ed. David James Randolph, New Way Media). Brutal Glints of Moonlight (2014) is a chapbook containing poems based on Norman Mailer’s 1980 Pulitzer-Prize winning novel The Executioner’s Song for Pulitzer Remix, a National Poetry Month project sponsored by the Found Poetry Review.
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 Luna compiled and edited at Brakhage’s request.
In 2018 Flowstone Press published Luna’s first full-length volume of poetry, Message from the Vessel in a Dream, featuring prose poetry and collage poems assembled and arranged using found materials. The book is dedicated to Carlos Santana, the guitar virtuoso and eponymous “vessel” who gifted Luna with the only line of poetry he has ever received from a dream.