Luis J. Rodriguez

Luis J, Rodriguez is author of 16 books in poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction. He’s best known for the bestselling memoir Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Day’s in L.A. The sequel, It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions & Healing was a 2012 finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He’s also founding editor of the renowned small press, Tia Chucha Press, and co-founder of the comprehensive arts & literacy space, Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley. From 2014 to 2016, he served as the official Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. Luis has worked on three TV shows as a script consultant, including for FX’s Snowfall. His play based on Always Running sold out every weekend in 2019 for three months at Casa 0101 Theater in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. His last poetry book is Borrowed Bones. His latest book is From Our Land to Our Land: Essays, Journeys & Imaginings from a Native Xicanx Writer.

Luis J. Rodriguez is the author of 16 books, in genres including poetry, children's literature, and the best-selling memoir, "Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A."

Talking with Luis J. Rodriguez

Essays from a former Los Angeles poet laureate argue for the power of verse to unify, inspire, and heal our nation.

Alta Asks Live: Luis J. Rodriguez

Poet and author Luis J. Rodriguez joins Alta Asks Live and host Heather Scott Partington on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. PST for a discussion on his latest book, the role of identity, and the necessity of poetry in difficult times.

From Our Land to Our Land by Luis J. Rodriguez, Seven Stories Press, 224 pages, $18.95.

Monsters of Our Own Making

The Chicano author and poet shares an excerpt from From Our Land to Our Land: Essays, Journeys, and Imaginings from a Native Xicanx Writer.

Luis J. Rodriguez was poet laureate of Los Angeles from 2014 to 2016. He is also the author of eight books of poetry.

Make a Poem Cry

Luis J. Rodriguez was poet laureate of Los Angeles from 2014 to 2016. He’s the author of eight books of poetry and the founding editor of Tia Chucha Press.

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