Luis Rodriguez

Poet Laureate of Los Angeles
2014 – 2017

Reading The Calling

Luis J. Rodriguez has written 16 multi-genre books, including the bestselling memoir Always Running and its sequel It Calls You Back. He founded Tia Chucha Press over thirty years ago. For forty years he has taught, given poetry readings, talks, and conducted healing circles in prisons, jails, and juvenile lockups. He has spoken at festivals, conferences, libraries, bookstores, schools, colleges, universities, migrant camps, homeless shelters, and Native American reservations throughout the United States as well as Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Japan. Twenty years ago, Luis and his wife Trini founded San Fernando Valley’s Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore. Luis and Trini also host the podcast “Hummingbird Cricket Hour.” From 2014-2016 he served as Los AngelesPoet Laureate. His last poetry book is Borrowed Bones. His newest book is From Our Land to Our Land: Essays, Journeys & Imaginings from a Native Xicanx Writer.