Alma Luz Villanueva

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Alma Luz Villanueva (born 4 October 1944 Lompoc, California) is a Mexican-American poet, short story writer, and novelist.


Her Mexican grandfather edited a newspaper in Hermosillo, Mexico, and was a published poet. Her maternal grandmother, a Yaqui Indian curandera/healer (as was her mother) from Sonora, raised her in the Mission District of San Francisco.[1]

She taught at University of California Santa Cruz, Cabrillo College, Naropa Institute, Mesa College, University of California San Diego, Stanford University, Pacific University. She teaches at Antioch University Los Angeles in the MFA in Creative Writing Program, for the past fourteen years as of 2012.[2] She lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.[3]


  • 1989 American Book Award for the novel The Ultraviolet Sky
  • PEN Oakland fiction award, 1994, for the novel "Naked Ladies"
  • Latino Literature Prize, New York, 1994, for poetry, "Planet"
  • The Best American Poetry, 1996, for poem, 'Crazy Courage'
  • 1976-1977 Chicano/Latino Literary Prize [4]



  • Terry Beers, ed (2012). "Califlora, A Literary Field Guide." Excerpt from novel, "Luna's California Poppies." Heyday Books. ISBN 978-1-59714-161-1
  • Robert Shapart, James Thomas, Ray Gonzalez, eds (2010). "Sudden Fiction Latino." Short story, from book, "Weeping Woman, La Llorona," "People of the Dog." W.W. Norton. ISBN 978-0-393-33645-0
  • J. Sterling Warner, Judith Hillard, eds (2009). "Visions Across the Americas: Short Essays for Composition." Wadsworth Press. ISBN 978-1428263772
  • Jose Gurpegui, ed (2009). Camino Real. Universidad de Alcala- Madrid, Spain. ISSN 1889-5611
  • "Pembroke Magazine, Number 40" (University of North Carolina, 2008)[5]
  • Mary Frosch, ed. (2008). Coming of Age In The 21st Century. New Press. ISBN 978-1-59558-055-9.  Story from "Weeping Woman, La Llorona."
  • Stephanie Fetta, ed. (2008). "To Jesus Villanueva, with Love; I Was a Skinny Tomboy Kid; There Were Times". The Chicano/Latino literary prize: an anthology of prize-winning fiction, poetry, and drama. Arte Publico Press. ISBN 978-1-55885-511-3. 
  • Cris K A DiMarco, ed. (2007). Solamente en San Miguel. Windstorm Creative. ISBN 978-1-59092-691-8. 
  • Susan Koppelman, ed (2003). Between Mothers and Daughters: Stories Across Generations. The Feminist Press. ISBN 978-1-55861-459-8
  • J. Excerpt from novel, "Naked Ladies". H. Blair, ed. (2002). Caliente: The Best Erotic Writing in Latin American Fiction. Berkley Books. ISBN 978-0-425-18466-0. 
  • Rick Heide, ed. (2002). "La Llorana / Weeping Woman". Under the fifth sun: Latino literature from California. Heyday Books. ISBN 978-1-890771-59-1. 
  • Constance Warloe, ed. (May 1, 2001). From Daughters and Sons To Fathers. Story Line Press. ISBN 978-1-58654-003-6. 
  • Neil Philip, ed. (2001). It’s a Woman’s World: A Century of Women’s Voices in Poetry. Dutton. 
  • Lauri Umansky, Michelle Plott, ed. (2000). "Blood Ties". Making Sense of Women's Lives: An Introduction to Women's Studies. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-0-939693-53-5. 
  • Elizabeth Roberts, Elias Amidon, ed. (1999). Prayers For A Thousand years. HarperSanFrancisco. ISBN 978-0-06-066875-4. 
  • Burleigh Muten, ed (1999). Her Words: Anthology of Poetry About The Great Goddess. Shambhala. ISBN 978-1-57062-473-5
  • Manuel de Jesús Hernández-Gutiérrez, David William Foster, ed. (1997). "Trust". Literatura chicana, 1965-1995: an anthology in Spanish, English, and Caló. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-0-8153-2077-7. 
  • Burleigh Muten, ed (1997). Return of The Great Goddess. Stewart, Tabori, Chang. ISBN 978-1556706080
  • Constance Warloe, ed. (1997). I've Always Meant To Tell You, Letters To Our Mothers. Pocket Books. ISBN 978-0-671-56324-0. 
  • Adrienne Rich, David Lehman, ed. (1996). The Best American Poetry 1996. Scribner. ISBN 978-0-684-81455-1. 
  • Lillian Castillo-Speed, ed. (1995). Latina: Women's Voices from the Borderlands. New York: Touchstone Press. ISBN 978-0-684-80240-4. 
  • Roberta Fernández, ed. (1994). "An Act of creation; Trust; Indian Summer Ritual". In other words: literature by Latinas of the United States. Arte Publico Press. ISBN 978-1-55885-110-8. 
  • Erica Bauermeister, Jesse Larsen, Holly Smith (1994). 500 Great Books by Women. Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0-14-017590-5. 
  • Annie Finch, ed. (1994). A Formal Feeling Comes. Story Line Press. ISBN 978-0-934257-98-5. 
  • Unsettling America. Penguin Books. 1994. ISBN 978-0-670-85170-6.  (reprint 2008)
  • Ray González, ed. (1992). Mirrors Beneath The Earth. Curbstone Press. ISBN 978-1-880684-02-3. 
  • Janine Canan, ed (1989). She Rises Like The Sun: Invocations of the Goddess by Contemporary American Women. Crossing Press. ISBN 978-0-89594-353-8
  • Five Poets of Aztlan, Epic poem, "La Chingada." editors=Alfonso Rodríguez, Santiago Daydí-Tolson. Bilingual Press. 1985. ISBN 978-0-916950-41-5. 
  • Florence Howe, Ellen Bass, ed. (1973). No More Masks!. ISBN 978-0-385-02553-9.  (reprint HarperPerennial, August 1993, ISBN 0-06-096517-7)


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