Luis J. Rodríguez, the son of Mexican immigrants, began writing in his early teens and has won national recognition as a poet, journalist, fiction writer, children’s book writer, and critic. His memoir, Always Running La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. earned a Carl Sandburg Literary Award, was designated a New York Times Notable Book and has been named by the American Library Association as one of the nation’s 100 most censored books.
In support of our Say What? Teen Poetry Workshops at Arroyo Seco Regional Library, Luis will be reading poetry in addition to prose from his new memoir, It Calls You Back: An Odyseey through Love, Addiction, Revolutions and Healing. The memoir chronicles his struggle to leave behind a drug- and crime-ridden world that always threatened to ‘call him back.’ An acute political consciousness and powerful love of the written word ultimately saved the author from the lurking dangers of the street and the ‘nothing life’ to which most Latinos in East Los Angeles were automatically condemned.
The UCLA Gluck Brass Group will be performing at the Arroyo Seco Library on May 5th at 2:00. Come and enjoy a musical interlude. Everyone is welcome.
Arroyo Seco Library
6145 N. Figueroa St.