My Nature Is Hunger

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ISBN 978-1-931896-24-5
Publication Date
September 2005
Page Count
160 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.4

My Nature Is Hunger

New and Selected Poems, 1989 2004
Luis J. Rodriguez

My Nature is Hunger is the first poetry collection in five years by this major award-winning Latino author. It includes selections from his previous books, Poems Across the Pavement, The Concrete River, and Trochemoche, and 26 new poems that reflect his increasingly global view, his hard-won spirituality, and his movement toward reconciliation with his family and his past.

About the Author

Luis J. Rodriguez has published over a dozen books of poetry, children's literature, fiction, and nonfiction. He is best known for his 1993 memoir of gang life, Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. His awards include a Finalist for the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award, a Lila Wallace Readers Digest Writers Award, a PEN Josephine Miles Literary Award, a Paterson Poetry Prize, a Carl Sandburg Literary Award, and fellowships from the Sundance Institute, the Lannan Foundation, the City of Los Angeles, the City of Chicago, the California Arts Council, and the Illinois Arts Council, among others. In 2014, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti chose Rodriguez as Poet Laureate of the city. Luis is also a Visiting Scholar at California State University, Northridge.


"This poetry is of the barrio yet stubbornly refuses to be confined in it—Rodríguez's perceptive gaze and storyteller's gift transport his world across neighborhood boundaries." —Publishers Weekly on Trochemoche

"Whether he's writing fiction, essays, children's books, or poetry, Rodriguez, an innovative activist as well as an artist and the son of Mexican immigrants, writes of the anguish and anger, determination and revelation experienced by individuals driven from one world and not welcomed in another, and those who are maligned and marginalized for their ethnicity even in the country of their birth."—Booklist

"[Rodriguez's] voice bares its soul to the reader and pulls us into the haunting images of life's struggle."—Multicultural Review