Biographies Luis Omar Salinas (1937-2008)

Luis Omar Salinas

Luis Omar Salinas was born in Robstown, Texas in 1937. He is known as one of the founding fathers of Chicano poetry, and is the author of ten poetry collections, including Crazy Gypsy (1970), The Sadness of Days: Collected and New Poems (1987), and Elegy for Desire (2005). He has also co-edited an anthology of poetry called From the Barrio: A Chicano Anthology. Salinas received the Earl Lyon Award for poetry writing from Fresno State University, the Stanley Kunitz award from Columbia Magazine at Columbia University, and the General Electric Foundation Award. He studied under various influential poets, including Philip Levine, during his years in various colleges. Although, he dropped out of college, Salinas returned to California State University Fresno to teach. He died in 2008.

Audio Recordings of Luis Omar Salinas

  • An Evening of Chicano poetry, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Sandra Cisneros, Alberto Ríos, and Luis Omar Salinas, four American poets of Mexican descent, read from their works.

Selected Works at the Library of Congress