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Luis Rodriguez [website]
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.
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.
is widely regarded as the premier English interpreter of Rumi
and is the author of the best-selling books, The
Essential Rumi and The
Linda Hogan [website]
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
Glenis Redmond [website]
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.
Project Director: Steve
Sumerford, Assistant Director of the Greensboro Public Library