For the Press

Press releases  |  Images  |  Bios  |  Contact Us

Press Releases

Coming soon!

[About the Latino Poetry Project]


Major funding provided by North Carolina Arts Council Bios

Luis Rodriguez [website]

Luis Rodriguez is convinced that a writer can change the world. Indeed it is through education & the power of words that Rodriguez saw his own way out of the barrio of East L.A. & successfully broke free from the years of violence & desperation he spent as an active gang member. Achieving success as an award-winning Chicano poet, he was sure the streets would haunt him no more — until his young son joined a gang himself. Rodriguez fought for his child by telling his own story in the bestseller Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A., a vivid memoir that explores the motivation of gang life & cautions against the death & destruction that inevitably claim its participants. Rodriguez addresses the complex but vital issues of race, class, gender, & personal rage through dialogue, story, poetry, & art.  An accomplished poet, Luis Rodriguez is the author of several collections of poetry, including Poems Across the Pavement, The Concrete River, & Trochemoche. His poetry has won a Poetry Center Book Award, a PEN/Josephine Miles Literary Award, & ForeWord magazine’s Silver Book Award, among others. Rodriguez conducts workshops, readings, & talks in juvenile detention facilities, migrant camps, universities, public schools & private schools. 

Ekiwah Adler-Belendez [website]

This 18 year old poetic prodigy from Mexico has written three volumes of poetry: Soy (I Am); Palabras Inagotobles (Neverending Words); and Weaver. The first book was published when he was 12 years old. 

Coleman Barks  [website]

Coleman Barks is widely regarded as the premier English interpreter of Rumi and is the author of the best-selling books, The Essential Rumi and The Illuminated Rumi.

Linda Hogan [website]

Chickasaw writer and college English professor, Linda Hogan has played a prominent role in the development of Native American poetry, particularly in regards to environmental and anti-nuclear issues.

Glenis Redmond [website]

An Asheville poet and dynamic performance artist, Redmond tells stories with her poems. She teaches her audiences to claim their place in the world and respect their own stories.

Contact Poetry GSO

Project Director:  Steve Sumerford, Assistant Director of the Greensboro Public Library

(336) 373-3636