Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Today we’re hearing from one of the most celebrated Chicano authors around—Luis J. Rodriguez. He is the author of several collections of poetry, started a small press devoted to Latino voices, and the author of a hard-hitting memoir about growing up in Los Angeles gang.
Who are your favorite Hispanic, Latino, or Chicano authors? Why?
Rodriguez: “My favorite poet of all time is Pablo Neruda. He had imagery, language, motion, irrational thinking, who was a Communist, but he was also a person who could write love poems.”
“I am really partial to the Chicano artists. I think they are some of the best artists in the world, they came out of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s. Carlos Almaraz, Cervantes, for me, they are the artists that came out of the East LA renaissance and they are still out there doing things. I love that whole period, poetry, art painting, music. It all came out and exploded in our community. The bigger cultures didn’t seem to know them, but for us, they did an amazing job of representing who we are.”
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