Hearts and Hands: 

Creating Community in Violent Times 

Paperback 2001, Seven Stories Press
ISBN: 1-58322-263-4
Distributor: Seven Stories Press
(phone) 1-800-59

6-7437 (individuals, schools, libraries)
Publishers Group West

(phone) 1-800-788-3123 (trade/retail market)

It Calls You Back
An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, And Healing

Touchstone Books/Simon & Schuster

ISBN 978-1-4165-84179

Always Running Always Running:
La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.

Hardcover: 1993, Curbstone Press
ISBN 1-880684-06-3 Paperback: 1994
Touchstone Books/Simon & Schuster
ISBN 0-671-88231-7

Music of the Mill
Rayo; ISBN 0060560762

The Republic of East L.A.
Rayo/HarperCollins; ISBN 0-06-621263-4
Distributor: HarperCollins
(phone) 1-800-242-7737
(individuals, schools, libraries)

La Republica de East L.A.

Paperback Spanish version

Rayo/HarperCollins; ISBN 0-06-001162-9
Distributor: HarperCollins
(phone) 1-800-242-7737
(individuals, schools, libraries)  The Concrete River 
1991, Curbstone Press
ISBN 0-915306-42-5
Distributor: Consortium
(phone) 1-800-283-3572
It Doesn't Have To Be This Way:
A Barrio Story

1999, bilingual Children's Book ISBN 0-89239-161-8
Distributor: Children's Book Press, 415-821-3080
(individuals, schools, libraries)
Publishers Group West, (phone) 1-800-788-3123
(trade/retail market)  My Nature is Hunger
Publisher: Rattle/Curbstone Edition
Release date 2005
ISBN: 9781931896245
(poetry) 1998, Curbstone Press
ISBN 1-880684-50-0
Distributor: Consortium
(phone) 1-800-283-3572

El Testimonio de un Pandillero en Los Angeles

1998, Spanish audiocassette
AudioLibros del Mundo, Inc. ISBN 1-892603-01-2 
Distributor: AudioLibros del Mundo, Inc.
(phone) 1-877-372-8242

Paperback Spanish version
ISBN 0-684-81551-6

Poems Across the Pavement
(poetry) 1989, Tia Chucha Press
ISBN 0-9624287-0-1
Distributor: Northwestern Univ. Press
(phone) 1-800-621-2736
(in Chicago: 312-568-1550) America Is Her Name
Children's Book, 1998, Curbstone Press
ISBN 1-880684-40-3
Spanish version
La llaman America
ISBN 1-880684-41-1
Distributor: Consortium
(phone) 1-800-283-3572
Other Works Featuring Luis J. Rodriguez

Contemporary Hispanic Americans: 
Luis Rodriguez by Michael Schwartz

(biography) 1998 Steck-Vaughn
ISBN 0-8172-6879-0 
Distributor: Steck-Vaughn Co.
(phone) 1-800-531-5015

East Side Stories: 
Gang Life in East LA

Photographs by Joseph Rodriguez,
interview with Luis Rodriguez

(hardcover photo-essay book)
1998, powerHouse Books 
ISBN 1-57687-002-2
paperback: ISBN 1-57687-072-3
Distributor: powerHouse Books
toll free #: 1-877-742-6657

Making Peace: Youth Struggling for Survival 
(videocassette -profile #2)

Making Peace television series, 1996ira Productions
Distributor: Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1-800-257-5126

Lannon Literary Videos: Luis J. Rodriguez 
(videocassette -profile #31) 1992, Lannon Foundation (free to non-profit institutions)

Distributor: Small Press Distribution Inc., 1-800-869-7553

Edited by Luis J. Rodriguez

Power Lines
Poetry Anthology 1999 Tia Chucha Press
ISBN 1882688228



The spoken word - poetry 
of Luis J. Rodriguez

Now in its second printing!

Music Composed & Produced by Ernie Perez

Available online from these fine outlets:

"One of the greatest, if not the greatest, albums of poetry ever recorded"
-Dave Marsh, editor Rock and Rap Confidential
  Dos Manos Records is proud to present Luis Rodriguez, one of the country's leading Chicano poets in his first CD of poems and music. In collaboration with Cha Cha Rose - Rock A Mole Music producer Ernie Perez, My Name's Not Rodriguez is a synthesis of 1970s Urban Funk/Chicano rock-like beats in the spirit of today's performance poetry movement.

A highly acclaimed poet, Luis Rodriguez has published over a span of 13 years three award-winning poetry collections: Poems Across the Pavement (1989 Tia Chucha Press, Chicago),The Concrete River (1991 Curbstone Press, Willimantic, CT), and Trochemoche (1998 Curbstone Press). His poems have also been featured in In Their Own Voices: A Century of Recorded Poetry (1996 Rhino/Word Beat Records) and in anthologies such as Bum Rush The Page: A Def Poetry Jam, edited by Tony Medina and Louis Reyes Rivera (2001 Three Rivers Press) and The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, edited by Alan Kaufman (1999 Thunder's Mouth Press).

In addition, Luis' poems have appeared in The American Poetry ReviewThe NationLos Angeles TimesBloomsbury ReviewTriQuarterly, and other publications. He has received fellowships, residencies, and awards from the California Arts CouncilThe Illinois Arts CouncilThe North Carolina Arts CouncilThe National Association of Poetry TherapyThe Lannan FoundationThe Lila Wallace-Readers' Digest Fund, and many more. And for 22 years, he has read his work throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Puerto Rico, and Europe -including in prisons, juvenile facilities, homeless shelters, universities, conferences, bars, cafés, migrant camps, libraries, public and private schools, and on various TV and radio broadcasts.

A prolific and critically received multi-genre writer, Luis also has two illustrated children's books, a memoir, a nonfiction book, and a short story collection. He is best known for the true-life account of LA gang life, Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. (1994 Simon & Schuster/Touchstone).

Ernie Perez is a songwriter and lead singer for The Boxing Gandhis. He is also a cofounder of Rock A Mole Productions... which produces CDs, films, music and art festivals... andHouse of the Common Thread, a youth ministry in South Central Los Angeles.

Luis Rodriguez and Seven Rabbit promise to rock your world -with a poetic twist.

For More Information Contact:
Dos Manos Records
c/o Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural
13197-A Gladstone Avenue
Sylmar, CA 91342

These links will take you to iTunes, where you can download LJR's music/poems for just 99 cents!

Luis J. Rodriguez: My Name's Not Rodriguez

Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural - From Earth to Sky: 
Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural Presents a Collection of Word and Song


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    I so enjoyed seeing Luis Rodriguez speak a few years ago in Los Angeles. It helped to understand challenged communities. He tends to be “leftist” politically – having been the VP pick of third-party Presidential candidate Rocky Anderson in 2012, and having run for Governor of California on the Green Party ticket in 2014 I think it was. Will Luis Rodriguez come out and endorse Sen. BERNIE Sanders for President? I hope so! I have sent info about Rodriguez to BERNIE’s Campaign… I hope a connection is made, and that BERNIE can pick up on the wonderful work Mr. Rodriguez has done with hurting communities in the L.A. area and beyond!
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    I like reading and books too, everyday I read some books about sports and arts, and for the books above, i like “Hearts and Hands: Creating Community in Violent Times”, I am a young girl so i think there are many books for me to read in the future, nowadays, everybody with a mobil phone in hand and waste their time in friends circle, i think reading if the most useful for youngs grow, so i will recommend these books to all of my friends.

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  • commented 2015-09-16 16:50:04 -0700
    I have been using his books in our Juvenile Detention Facility where we of course house young Latino gang members that can relate to his books. They are craving more books but since I supply them with my own funds… they have to wait. I use them as a behavioral tool. Thank you Mr. Rodriguez.
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    I agree with previous comment, Always Running is good,but the The Concrete River is by far the best book Ive read in a while.
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