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Tia Chucha's Cultural Center & Bookstore's mural depicting the tree of life, the masculine/feminine generating principles of the world, and the wholeness of self, community, earth, and spirit.
Tia Chucha's Cultural Center & Bookstore's mural depicting the tree of life, the masculine/feminine generating principles of the world, and the wholeness of self, community, earth, and spirit.
Luis J. Rodriguez, Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, August 18, 2016

The blog post is based on a keynote speech I did two years ago at the 10th Annual J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces on "Justice for Native Americans: Historical Trauma, Contemporary Images, and Human Rights."

First, a number of greetings in the language of a few native peoples on this continent:...

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Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodríguez and his wife Trini.

What Do Notions of Race or Cultural Superiority Serve?

Luis J. Rodriguez, Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, Friday, July 29, 2016

Ideas of racial/cultural purity or superiority are alive and well in the United States. These are oppressive, non-biological, and unnatural concepts, pushed on us like other lies and illusions in our society. This wouldn’t matter much except people believe them.


I Love My Librarian Award 2016

I Love My Librarian Award

Public Relations Office, Library Administration, Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Our librarians make a difference in the lives of people in Los Angeles every day. If a librarian has made a difference in your life, now is the chance to tell your story.


Local Author Spotlight: Martin Turnbull

Local Author Spotlight: Martin Turnbull

Catherine Royalty, Senior Librarian, Acquisitions, Thursday, July 14, 2016

Author BioOriginally from Melbourne, Australia, Martin Turnbull moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1990s


Poem for a New Dream

Luis J. Rodriguez, Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, Saturday, June 18, 2016

In the aftermath of the Pulse nightclub massacre, Orlando, Florida, June 12, 2016

By Luis J. Rodriguez

 

Hate becomes death becomes hate.

The world unravels in fear.

 

Columbine: 13 students and a teacher gone.


North Carolina's Great Smoky Mountains. Photo by Henry Hooper.

“Poet in Motion”—North Carolina and Transgender Justice

Luis J. Rodriguez, Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, Saturday, May 21, 2016

North Carolina has some of the most diverse terrain of any state—from the Great Smoky Mountains, which includes the Blue Ridge peaks of the massive Appalachian mountain range, to the Outer Banks on the Atlantic coast. The state is rich in bio-diversity, history, and people.


Local Author Spotlight: Anne Pfeffer

Local Author Spotlight: Anne Pfeffer

Catherine Royalty, Senior Librarian, Acquisitions, Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Author BioAnne Pfeffer lives in Santa Monica, California. She loves her family, cool breezes, and elastic waistbands.


1994 photo of Luis Rodriguez and his then 19-year-old son Ramiro.

Los Angeles Industry—Where the Past and Future Collide

Luis J. Rodriguez, Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Any good craftsman carries his tools.
Years ago they were always at the ready.
In a car. In a knapsack.
Claw hammers, crisscrossed heads,


Luis J Rodriguez

Why children should not be treated as adults for crimes

Luis J. Rodriguez, Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Walk with the young, America;
be young, again, America,
among the defiant and awake,
solid in their dreams.
Be the revolution in the marrow
where passions, ideals, fervors,
purpose and courage,
are not just qualities
people had in history books,


We Miss You!

Public Relations Office, Library Administration, Monday, February 1, 2016

With love in the air, the Los Angeles Public Library invites you to help reunite a couple of old flames: your overdue books and our library shelves. They've missed each other, and we've missed you! Which is why for two weeks only, Feb.


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