Glenna Luschei

California, United States

Glenna Luschei was named Poet Laureate for the city and county of San Luis Obispo for the year 2000. She is the author of thirty tradebooks, chapbooks, translations, and artist editions. She has received the D.H. Lawrence and Helene Wurltizer Foundation Fellowships, as well as a Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. Luschei has taught at the University of Nebraska, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Chapman College, California Men's Colony, and Atascadero State Hospital. She holds a Ph. D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara for Hispanic Languages and Literature, and the Fortner Award and an honorary doctorate of letters from St. Andrews College in North Carolina.  She serves as a Spanish translator for migrant workers. She earns her living as an avocado rancher. 



  • Bachelor of Arts in English, Spanish, and Philosophy from University of Nebraska (August 1956)
  • Master of Arts in English from University of Nebraska (June 1960)
  • Master of Arts in Spanish from University of California, Santa Barbara (June 1988)
  • Doctoral Degree in Hispanic Languages and Literature from University of California, Santa Barbara (June 2005)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry