Seven Stories Press

Works of Radical Imagination

From Our Land to Our Land

Essays, Journeys, and Imaginings from a Native Xicanx Writer

by Luis Rodriguez

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Luis J. Rodriguez writes about race, culture, identity, and belonging and what these all mean and should mean (but often fail to) in the volatile climate of our nation. Rodriguez has a distinctly inspiring passion and wisdom in his approach. Ultimately, the book carries the message that we must come together if we are to move forward. As he reminds us in the first essay, “The End of Belonging,” “I’m writing as a Native person. I’m writing as a poet. I’m writing as a revolutionary working class organizer and thinker who has traversed life journeys from which incredible experiences, missteps, plights, and victories have marked the way. . . . I belong anywhere.” The pieces in From Our Land to Our Land capture that same fantastic energy and wisdom and will spark conversation and inspiration.

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“Luis Rodríguez is a poet prophet for our times.”

“A poet at heart, Rodriguez rightly claims that 'as long as the world needs changing, we’ll need poetry.' There is still much left to change and the captivating work contained here is a testament to the possibilities of our will to make a difference.”

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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.