Due to severe limitations on the part of the keeper of this website, it was never reported here that renowned writer Luis Rodriguez visited the Brothers in Pen writing class in July. Luis shared some of his inspiring story about how writing helped him focus away from self-destruction and move towards wholeness. He has written poetry, essays, fiction, memoir, and has started a cultural center and small press in Los Angeles called Tia Chucha.
An enthralling storyteller, Luis responded to questions from the class with stories; he seemed like the kind of person who could tell tales late into the night and you’d suddenly realize it was 3 a.m. and you hadn’t even noticed it was late. He spoke with humor, humility and passion about his writing, and with his small press publishing company seeks to offer a place for new voices to be heard.
Luis has published eight books, including the international bestseller Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in LA. His most recent books include It Calls You Back, Hearts and Hands: Creating Community in Violent Times, and The Republic of East LA: Stories. He also has a CD of music and poetry called “My Name’s Not Rodriguez” from Dos Manos Records (CDbaby.com). Music of the Mill is a novel published in 2004 by Rayo Books/HarperCollins. Luis has received numerous awards for his literary and community work, including as one of fifty “Unsung Heroes of Compassion” from around the world, presented by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.
We have not yet gotten the photo that was taken of Luis that day but it will be posted someday.