Luis J. Rodriguez is a writer-activist from Los Angeles and one of the most influential voices in
Mexican American literature today. He is currently running as an independent candidate for governor of California. A gang member in his youth,
Luis Rodriguez first gained public recognition with the publication of his autobiography 'Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.' (1994).
Throughout his career, Luis Rodriguez has combined art and political activism. He regularly conducts workshops in prisons and schools on the
transformatory power of art and education. Together with his wife Trini he runs the community center "Tia Chucha" in Sylmar, California.
Luis Rodriguez is a prolific writer, among his outstanding publications are 'Trochemoche: (1998), 'The Republic of East L.A.' (2003) and 'Music of
the Mill' (2005).