In 1971 Reginald received B.A. at San Francisco State University, and in 1972 he got M.A. there.
Reginald was a founding member of the Black Students Alliance at San Francisco State University. He would later return to teach creative writing there, as well as at City College of San Francisco, Laney College and College of Marin. He was a tenured instructor of Language Arts at San Jose City College for the last 20 years.
A dedicated teacher, Mr. Lockett was best known as a poet. He was also the owner and publisher of Juke Box Press, which published many other poets and raised thousands of dollars for Hurricane Katrina victims with the publication of "Words upon the Water."
On January 23, 1983 Reginald married Faye Arvis West, but they divorced on September 1, 1987. They gave birth to the daughters Maya Lomasi and Lauren Aimee.