Mr. Luis Rodriguez

California, United States

Member Since: 10/18/2012

Luis J. Rodriguez is the Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, chosen by Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2014. His last poetry book, “My Nature is Hunger,” won the 2005 Paterson Book Award. The 1993 memoir “Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.,” with close to half a million copies sold, became one of L.A.’s most checked out in libraries—and one of the most stolen. Luis has a dozen other books in poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction. He is also founding editor of the small press, Tia Chucha Press, now in its 25th year, and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. Luis’s latest book is “It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing,” a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award.



Twitter Username: @luisjrodriguez


  • It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions and Healing , Touchstone Books/Simon & Schuster (October 1, 2011)


  • Poet Laureate of Los Angeles(2012)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Children's literature , Poetry