Luellen Fletcher chairs Penn and Pencil and is a long-time member. She
completed a BA in English with Honors from The University of Iowa in
1979, attending the undergraduate writers’ workshop for 7 concurrent
semesters. Her junior year she studied Modern British Poetry at St.
John’s College in Oxford, England, on a Sloan scholarship from the UI
English Department. She completed an MFA in creative writing in 1986
from The University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. Her poems have appeared
in: Poetry Motel, Spitball, Metaxy, Wisconsin Review, Passages North,
Muse Letter, Black Warrior Review, Continental Drifter, The Spirit That
Moves Us, The Blue Hour and others. She helped coordinate Potlatch, a
free city-wide art festival In Iowa City, spring 1978, taking
inspiration from the Oregon Country Fair, sponsored by Ken Kesey and
friends. She was on the organizing committee for the Tucson Poetry
Festival six years, and served as Co-Director for the annual spring
poetry festival in 1994.
Luellen has worked at Penn in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory
Medicine since 1999, currently serving as Associate Director for the
Path BioResource, a consortium of service centers that provide
biomedical technology and expertise to researchers. Before moving to
Philadelphia, she taught writing at community colleges for many years.
Her daughter Maya is a graduate of Friends Select School in Center City,
and is currently studying international relations and Chinese at Boston
University. Luellen is also a proofreader for the Philadelphia Tribune,
the nation’s most longstanding African-American newspaper.
Susan A. Staggs