Poet who attends The Work
I heartily recommend Christopher Luna — he’s a kind and devoted teacher who gently leads students to do a better job of creatively expressing as their unique selves.
Working on a book of haiku
I’ve only just started working with Christopher, but what I know already is I feel cared for and seen. I feel more like a painter of words than a writer at times, throwing up my words and phrases, unsure of how they weave together. Christopher has taken care with my work, piecing it together so I can raise it even higher. I’m still in the beginning stages of my manuscript and looking forward to what’s to come.
I have been spinning my wheels for over a year trying to create a poetry chapbook that was both well-written and relevant to who I am as a person. Christopher and Toni of Printed Matter reviewed my early draft and helped refine my choices and intent as well as my focus on how to approach this large project. They gave me timely and valuable advice about the sensitive topic of reviewing poetry without coming across as patronizing or opinionated. I felt their review was sensitive and nurturing to this rather shy poet, and I very much recommend their services for both emerging and experienced writers.
I have wanted to write my memoir since 1984 but never felt I had the skills to tackle such an important task. I signed up for Chris’ memoir class and ended up staying for eight semesters. I didn’t know much about writing, but I do know good teaching, and Chris is the best. He was patient, kind, and encouraging to students of all skill levels. I felt safe and valued in his classes. His skillful teaching helped me overcome my fear of what seemed to be a daunting task. I finished my memoir in two years time and then hired Printed Matter Vancouver to edit my manuscript. Both Chris and Toni are extremely knowledgeable and proved to be a valuable resource.
When I have an important essay for submission and I want to be sure it’s flawless Toni is my go-to for a second set of eyes. I want to submit things as close to perfect as possible, and Toni has helped to ensure that. She is delightful to work with, and is highly professional. She has a heart for the kinds of topics I write about and offers insightful feedback. I highly recommend Toni’s editorial services.
I had the good fortune to work with Toni on the review of a manuscript I’ve been writing for years. Toni gave spot-on critique and useful suggestions. Her keen eye spotted issues with my writing technique that I had gone blind to over years of solitary efforts. I am so pleased with the outcome of my work with Toni, which has resulted in the improvement of the story and a clear vision for next steps for completing it. When the manuscript is ready for review again, I hope to work with Toni. I highly recommend Toni’s services for writers seeking a supportive and accurate editor for their work.
Student in Christopher Luna’s Poetry Writing class at Multnomah Arts Center
Poetry, a longtime friend, was mostly on the shelf until I began this class. Coming here took me on a dive into a deeper pool, a place where I would float wide-eyed at what swam by, a skiff laden with poems peeling off in the wind, language that was edible, satisfying hunger, calming the spirit, honoring the breathless, the mystical and mysterious.
Here was the breadth of human experience in snapshots, tiny home movies of distilled experience. Before me the essence of whole worlds, of memory and dreams laid bare — a marriage, a ruptured childhood, a calling, blinding wonder and profound reverence. Within a few stanzas I sank into my own emotional ocean where feeling, knowing and connecting and reconnecting moved in the eddies of poems Christopher brought to teach us, in those of my fellow students and, ultimately, in words that arrived from within me.
Poetry gives us a container for our voices, a bridge to one another that is so quick and so deep it’s almost impossible not to see yourself in the other. In this class, Christopher creates this bridge between students, supporting each person’s writing and voice, gently evoking responses spoken with respect and care, and most remarkably, building true community that each of us recognizes as a rare gift. To be in this class is to learn, to wonder, to laugh, to cry and to want more poetry in your life.
Christopher is the poetry alchemist who helps us discover gold.
Student in Christopher Luna’s Memoir Writing class at Clark College
Christopher creates a relaxed and nurturing classroom atmosphere for his memoir writing students. He offers constructive criticism without judgment and encourages others to freely and kindly provide feedback to their fellow students. As a result, students learn to trust Christopher and one another to help guide their writing progress.
Without a doubt, participation in Christopher’s class has helped me to become less self-conscious, freer and happier in telling my stories.
Student in Christopher Luna’s poetry and memoir writing classes
I love taking classes with Christopher. From the moment you walk into the room, you see and feel his passion for literature. His zest transfers to his students. It doesn’t matter where you are on your writing path, he encourages and challenges you. Christopher holds a safe space for writers to share their work.
I wanted to publish a hardcover book of my favorite poems for family and friends. My first step was to retain Christopher and Toni as editors. Along with comments on almost every poem, their most valuable contribution was, in my opinion, to point out the “weak” ones. There were five and I deleted all of them. Deep December was published by lulu.com in January 2018. In addition, Christopher’s guidance, encouragement and example were invaluable. Thank you so much.
Thank you so much for the support and professionalism you have given me on this three year journey writing my memoir. Your compassion was always in evidence, but it never overshadowed the gentle prodding in regards to pace, structure, grammar and content that was required to make my piece the best it could be. The fact that you both are great writers yourselves certainly didn’t hurt. My proof of your ability to balance empathy with critique is obvious. I have finished the memoir.
Now, on to the fine tuning!
Thanks again Christopher, Toni, and Printed Matter Vancouver.
I surprised myself by writing a 300-page memoir with encouragement from Christopher in his Memoir Writing class. I needed help with editing and I wanted feedback, so I enlisted Toni and Christopher to help me with the manuscript. They were very flexible and clear as to what services they could provide. I appreciated that as I had no experience with editing at all. Also, as we worked together, they were diligent about asking me if I wanted additional help or needed other input. It was easy to communicate with them and ask questions; they are not nit-picky. Finally, their general enthusiasm made me feel as if my writing efforts were worthy. I wholeheartedly recommend their services.