Grew up in the Mission, San Francisco, and raised by my Yaqui Indian grandmother, Jesus Villanueva, a curandera/healer/dreamer. Mother of four grown children...I woke at 4am to write when they were home. Coffee, candles, small lamp, flute music...the only human being awake in the universe writing/alive, that silence. I've lived in many beautiful places- on a farm where my first real poetry was written/published, growing every vegetable known to humankind. Chickens for eggs/meat, pigs, steer for steaks. In the Sierras where I first HEARD the Sun rise, that great hum. By la mar for many years, where my youngest son learned to surf in the full moon's light. Now I live in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, returning to teach at Antioch University, Los Angeles- and visit la familia, my friends.


Alma Luz Villanueva Poems

Crazy Courage

Why do I think of Michael....
He came to my fiction class
as a man (dressed in men's
clothes) : then he came... more »

Eagle Dancer

Indian Market, Santa Fe,
early morning rain, still
damp, all the tribes
gather, clouds gather,... more »

Indian Summer Ritual

I was born in Indian Summer,
by the sea, at sun set-

I slid from my mother's womb,... more »

Alma Luz Villanueva Quotes

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