Meet Luis J Rodriguez

Author: Luis J. Rodríguez

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"Eleven years old—I started in my first gang. Around twelve years old I started doing drugs," says Luis J. Rodríguez. "I ended up being the one that fell through the cracks."

Rodríguez grew up in Los Angeles, where after joining a gang, he lived on the streets and became addicted to heroin. In his twenties, after turning his back on gang violence and drugs, Rodríguez began his career as a journalist and award-winning poet. His depictions of urban and Mexican-immigrant life in works such as Always…more

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