Luis J. Rodriguez has fourteen books in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature. He’s best known for the international best seller Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in LA. He is also founder/editor of Tia Chucha Press, with more than fifty cross cultural poetry books published, and cofounder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. Luis is also a community activist, longtime gang intervention expert, and freelance journalist. He’s spent more than thirty years doing readings, talks, and workshops in prisons, juvenile lockups, universities, colleges, public & private schools, conferences, libraries, homeless shelters, churches, and more throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Japan.