Tia Chucha Press started twenty-five years ago in Chicago with the publication of Luis J. Rodriguez’s first book, Poems Across the Pavement. As founder/editor of the Press, Rodriguez has sincepublished more than fifty poetry collections of quality crosscultural U.S. poets, as well as anthologies, chapbooks, and a CD. Tia Chucha Press is now a project of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles, which Rodriguez helped create in 2001 with his wife Trini.
We are honored to announce the 25th Anniversary Edition of Poems Across the Pavement—close to twenty poems of an emerging poet that began a prolific writing career.
|Publisher:||Northwestern University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)|
About the Author
Luis J. Rodriguez has published fifteen books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction. He is best known for his 1993 memoir of gang life, Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. His awards include a Finalist for the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award, a Lila Wallace–Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award, a PEN Josephine Miles Literary Award, a Paterson Poetry Prize, a Carl Sandburg Literary Award, and fellowships from the Sundance Institute, the Lannan Foundation, the City of Los Angeles, the City of Chicago, the California Arts Council, and the Illinois Arts Council, among others. His latest book is It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the 25-year Anniversary Edition 9
Running to America 13
I Hear a Saxophone 16
String Bean 18
Rosalie Has Candies 21
The Monster 22
"Race" Politics 24
Tombstone Poets 26
With Stone Hands and Fire Eyes 32
No Work Today 34
Somebody Was Breaking Windows 36
Overtown 1984 44
Piece by Piece 48
Walk Late Chicago 50
The Calling 54
About the Author 59