Alma Luz Villanueva

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Alma Luz Villanueva (born 4 October 1944 in Lompoc, California) is an 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]


  • Song of the Golden Scorpion. Wings Press. 2013. ISBN 978-1-60940-346-1
  • Soft Chaos. Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe. 2009. ISBN 978-1-931010-37-5.
  • Luna's California Poppies. Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe. 2002. ISBN 978-0-927534-99-4.
  • Vida, poetry. Wings Press. May 2002. ISBN 978-0-930324-66-7.
  • Desire. Bilingual Review Press. September 1998. ISBN 978-0-927534-76-5.
  • Weeping Woman: La Llorona and Other Stories. Bilingual Press. 1994. ISBN 978-0-927534-38-3.
  • Naked Ladies. Bilingual Review Press. January 1994. ISBN 978-0-927534-30-7.
  • Planet with Mother, May I?. Bilingual Review Press. July 1993. ISBN 978-0-927534-17-8.
  • The Ultraviolet Sky, republished with Doubleday, 1993. ISBN 0-385-42014-5
  • The Ultraviolet Sky. Bilingual Review Press. June 1988. ISBN 978-0-916950-85-9.
  • Life Span (Place of Herons Press, 1985)
  • Blood Root (Blue Heron Press, 1977)



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