Nebraska Authors

Glenna Luschei

AKA: pen name of Glenna Berry-Horton

Born 1934 Sioux City, IA (USA)

Luschei was a student of Karl Shapiro and Wilbur Gaffney at the University of Nebraska. She was the publisher of the poetry magazines Café Solo and Solo for over 40 years. A former national panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, Luschei is a respected and decorated writer. She has endowed several awards at Prairie Schooner and, in 2002, donated $500,000 to endow the editorship of the magazine.

Link: www.solopress.org

Places Lived

Beaver City, NE
Lincoln, NE
Carpinteria, CA
San Luis Obispo, CA

Author Of

  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Other


Poetry; Essays; Blog; Poetry Editor; Translator


Stephens College, IA
Bachelors and Masters Degrees in English, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Iowa Writers Workshop
Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara


Avacado rancher
Publisher (Solo: Journal of Poetry)

Places Worked

California Polytechnic State University
Mission College
Chapman College
National panelist, National Endowment for the Arts


John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 20 October 1988
Poet-in-Residence at Atascadero State Hospital and CMC, under UCLA Arts Reach and California Arts Council, 1980-90
Writer's Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
Poetry Discovery Award
D.H. Lawrence and Wurlitzer Fellowships, Taos, N.M. Poet Laureate of the city and county of San Luis Obispo, California


Sister of John Stevens Berry
At Prairie Schooner, she created the Glenna Luschei Endowed Editorship, the "Glenna Luschei Fund for Excellence", and the "Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Awards" for the Prairie Schooner
Ted Kooser


Partial Listing:
Letter to the North. 1967.
Thirty Songs of Dissolution. 1977.
Redwoods. 1983.
Unexpected Grace. 1984.
Farewell to Winter. 1986.
Bare Root Seasons. 1990.
Cities of Cibola and Other Poems. 1991.
Matriarch. 1992.
Back Into My Body and New Poems. 1994.
A Near Country: Poems of Loss. 1999.
Shot With Eros. 1999.
Pianos Around the Cape: Selected Poems. 1999.
Salt Lick: A Retrospective of Poetry. 2009.
Spirit of Place: The Land and the Waters. 1993. (with Robert Reynolds)
Witch Dance. 2010.
Leaving It All Behind. 2011.
The Sky Is Shooting Blue Arrows: Poems. 2014.
Zen Duende. 2015.
Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867-2017. 2017. (contributor)
Singing and Dying. 2017.

In April 2017, Glenna Luschei was one of the authors to read from their works in an Ames Reading Series program, which can be viewed at 15 minutes 35 seconds in this video:

Glenna Luschei was the featured author for the October 2010 Ames Reading Series program:

October 1988 Ames Reading Series pregram:

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