Robert Glück was born on February 2, 1947, in Cleveland, Ohio. He received a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and an MA from San Francisco State University.
He is the author of more than ten books of poetry and prose, including Reader (Lapis Press, 1989), and, with Bruce Boone, La Fontaine (Black Star Series, 1981). With Camille Roy and Gail Scott, he edited the anthology Biting The Error: Writers Explore Narrative (Coach House Books, 2004), which was based on Narrativity, an online journal they edited.
Glück founded the San Francisco-based New Narrative movement with Bruce Boone, Camille Roy, and others in the early 1980s, in reaction to Language poetry. New Narrative writing celebrates LGBTQ identity, autobiography, poetic disjunction, critical theory, gossip, pop culture, fable, and sexuality. Other writers associated with New Narrative include Steve Abbott, Kathy Acker, Dodie Bellamy, Mary Burger, Dennis Cooper, Sam D’Allesandro, Kevin Killian, and Gail Scott.
Glück served as the co-director of Small Press Traffic, a nonprofit literary organization at the center of innovative and experimental writing in San Francisco, California, founded in 1974. He is an emeritus professor at San Francisco State, where he was the director of the Poetry Center. He lives in San Francisco.