From 2014 to 2016 Luis J. Rodriguez served as the official Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. He’s the author of fifteen works of fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s literature. His most recent memoir, It Calls You Back, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He’s been the recipient of many awards and fellowships, including the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers Award, Lannan Foundation Poetry Fellowship, Carl Sandburg Book Award, PEN Josephine Miles Literary Award, and more. A script consultant for the FX drama Snowfall, he founded Barking Rooster Entertainment, a production company for film, TV, web, and other content. He founded the well-respected Tia Chucha Press close to thirty years ago, which publishes mostly poetry collections, and is co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Cultural Center & Bookstore in LA’s San Fernando Valley. In addition to traveling extensively, he teaches every week at two maximum-security yards at Lancaster State Prison. You can visit his website at www.luisjrodriguez.com.