Luis J. Rodriguez, Poet Laureate of Los Angeles,



A message wall speaks to life on the streets.

Every Road Should Come to This End: A Place Called Home

November 24, 2015

Every road should come to this end:
A place called home.
When you don’t have one
the expanse of sky is your roof,
the vacant lots and sidewalks your living room.
Every city, your city.

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.

Luis J Rodriguez at a Poetry Reading Event

Celebrating Poetry, Celebrating Ideas, Celebrating Creativity

July 23, 2015

The music from the stage at the Pacoima City Hall in June pulled a small crowd onto a makeshift seating area during the “Celebrating Words” Festival, sponsored by

Luis J. Rodriguez at age 21 in Watts with his first son Ramiro, age 1, and his first wife Camila. By then Luis was gang-free, drug-free and crime-free.

From Trauma to Transformation

June 23, 2015

The calling came to me while I languished
in my room, while I whittled away my youth
in jail cells and damp barrio fields.

Juan Felipe Herrera

In Praise of Chicano Poetry

April 29, 2015

Chicano/a poets have emerged as major literary figures in the United States with the recent appointments of Juan Felipe Herrera as California Poet Laureate (although he just finished his two-year term) and <

National Poetry Month Poster

Celebrate National Poetry Month: Support Your Local Poets

March 26, 2015

As the new Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, I’m excited about National Poetry Month, which every year falls on April.

 “Well, write poetry, for God’s sake, it’s the only thing that matters.” —e.e. cummings

Why Poetry Matters

February 26, 2015

“Well, write poetry, for God’s sake, it’s the only thing that matters.” —e.e. cummings

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.