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Luis J. Rodriguez, Poet Laureate of Los Angeles,

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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.

From an Indigenous Mind—The Four Key Connections

August 18, 2016

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

Yaa'teeh – “It is good” in Dine/Navajo

Kwira Va – “We are one” in Raramuri


Luis J Rodriguez

Why Children Should Not be Treated as Adults for Crimes

March 02, 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,


Luis J. Rodriguez. Photo by Kevin Scanlon

What Latinx Heritage Month Means to Me

September 17, 2015

In the United States, “Latinx Heritage Month” is celebrated from September 15 to October 15. This is a time to recognize and honor Latinx peoples, cultures, issues, contributions, and histories.


City Librarian John Szabo, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez, and Cultural Affairs Director Danielle Brazell

Poet Laureate? Poet Illiterate? What?

February 04, 2015

When I received the call last September from Mayor Eric Garcetti that I’d been chosen as the new Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, I had to keep this quiet until the official announcement in October.


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