Poems Across the Pavement

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ISBN 978-1-882688-48-7
Publication Date
April 2014
Page Count
42 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Poems Across the Pavement

25th Anniversary Edition
About the Author

Luis J. Rodriguez has published fifteen 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–Reader’s 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. His latest book is It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing.

“[Rodriguez’s poems] are full of ethnic passion and political fervor, and are witty and imaginative as well.” —Hayden Carruth

“[Rodriguez is] the poet laureate of the barrio.”

Luis R. Torres, Los Angeles Times

“Tia Chucha books, man, they fly from the hands to the eye. Here is beauty on and between the covers, truth that shakes hands with you. Luis Rodriguez is the future, and his books are the map you follow to get there.” —Bob Holman