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Luis Rodriguez poet

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Luis Rodriguez Rodriguez emerged as one of the leading Chicano writers in the country. Born on the U.S/Mexican border in 1954 and is of Mexika/Raramuri indigenous descent, at age two, Rodriguez’s family migrated to Los Angeles where they lived in South Central LA. Rodriguez, who started stealing at age seven, joined a gang at age eleven, began using drugs at age twelve, dropped out of high school at age fifteen, and eventually becoming homeless —was an active street gang member in the East Los Angeles area. Now with fourteen published books and a winner of numerous prizes, Rodriguez is recognized as a major figure of contemporary Chicano literature. As he is best known for his work, Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in LA , I took a particular interest in this book as I have become more and more interested in the realities and consequences of gang life. As he was an active gang member in East Los Angeles, Rodriguez experienced first hand the detrimental effects of the life of a “gangster.” Written as a cautionary tale for his
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