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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.
Luis J. Rodriguez, 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
Luis J. Rodriguez, 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


Sheryn Morris, April 24, 2015

April is National Poetry Month, “Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 ...


National Poetry Month Poster
Luis J. Rodriguez, 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
Luis J. Rodriguez, February 26, 2015

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


ladies with a giant valentine card
James Sherman, February 14, 2015

Locating Love Poetry in the Literature Department

Desperate for something special for that someone special this Valentine's Day? Ask yourself: what's more moving, more enduring, and much cheaper than flowers?

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


Edna St. Vincent Millay
Christa Deitrick, February 21, 2014

Thanks for sticking with me all month long. I hope you liked the poems. Last but not least is an entry from Miss Edna St. Vincent Millay.


W. B. Yeats
Christa Deitrick, February 15, 2014

And now for a classic "you'll miss me when I'm gone" poem, courtesy of William Butler Yeats. Yeats was an impressive man--poet, playwright, Irish patriot, spooky occult guy, and winner of the 1923 Nobel Prize in Literature.


Sara Teasdale
Christa Deitrick, February 08, 2014

Valentine's Day will be here before you know it!  So here's a sweet treat for you courtesy of Sara Teasdale, an American poet who lived from 1884-1933. Teasdale (pictured above) hailed from St. Louis and moved to New York in 1916 with her husband Ernst Filsinger.


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