We are very excited to announce novelist, journalist, critic, columnist, and 2014-2016 Los Angeles Poet Laureate, Luis Rodriguez’s as our next honoree to immortalize his handprints and signature in the Vroman’s Author Walk of Fame! We are so thrilled to honor Luis Rodriguez with this dedication and to celebrate all of his important contributions to literature, poetry, L.A. and the community.
Join us on November 18th at noon for the dedication. Following the dedication please stay for a reception & a special conversation between Luis Rodriguez and journalist and essayist, Lynell George as they discuss Luis’ celebrated life and career.
Luis J. Rodriguez is a novelist/memoirist/short story/children's book writer as well as a community & urban peace activist, mentor, healer and youth & arts advocate. Luis was the official Poet Laureate of Los Angeles from 2014-2016.He is the author of 15 books in all genres, including the best-selling memoir, Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. His latest memoir is the sequel, It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing. His latest poetry book is Borrowed Bones. Luis is founding editor of Tia Chucha Press, now in its 28th year, and co-founder/president of Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley.
About Lynell George
Lynell George is an Los Angeles based journalist and essayist. She has had a long career in L.A. journalism as staff writer for both the Los Angeles Times and L.A. Weekly, where she focused on social issues, human behavior and identity politics as well as visual arts, music and literature. Her work has appeared in various essay collections and in news outlets including KCET Artbound, Boom: A Journal of California, OnEarth, Slake, The Smithsonian, GoodReads, Vibe, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, Essence, Black Clock, The Root and Ms.
She is the author of No Crystal Stair: African Americans in the City of Angels a collection of features and essays drawn from her reporting and is currently at work on a new book AfterImage: Los Angeles Outside the Frame, a collection of essays and photographs for Angel City Press, due in Spring 2018.