Luis J. Rodriguez has spent 40 years working with troubled youth in cities like Los Angeles and Chicago, and then speaking on issues of mass incarceration, restorative justice, healing arts & poetry, and more throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Japan, and across Europe. He‘s the author of the best-selling memoir "Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A." and its sequel "It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing." He’s also known for the youth empowerment and community building book "Hearts & Hands: Creating Community in Violent Times." In addition, he‘s co-founder of the arts-based community space, Tia Chucha’s Cultural Center & Bookstore, in the San Fernando Valley. And he has 15 books in poetry, children’s literature, the novel, and short stories. In 2014, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti selected Luis as the official Poet Laureate of the city.