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The words that hold our souls inside them

Washington state poets laureate Claudia Castro Luna and Tod Marshall.
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Washington state poets laureate Claudia Castro Luna and Tod Marshall.

When you're the poet laureate of Washington state, you log a lot of time on the road. "I got a new car for the job," laughs Tod Marshall. It came to him with 12,000 miles on it, and is now hovering around 57,000 as he hangs up his traveling hat.

He's passing the laurel wreath to Claudia Castro Luna, whose term as Seattle Civic Poet just ended. Host Bill Radke sat down with the two friends to discuss the role, and what you learn from crisscrossing the state with words as your cargo.