OUSD > Urban Dreams > Language Arts > Extended Literature > Grade 10 > Rodriguez


PLEASE NOTE. As of June 2004 these pages and the links herein are no longer being updated or maintained. Disclaimer : Oakland Unified School District is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.


A former L.A. gang member describes his experiences in that world, recounting the sense of security and power found in a gang and the grim reality of violence and poverty

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0613013239 (Amazon.com)

Author Biography:

Luis J. Rodríguez was born in El Paso, Texas, in 1954 and grew up in Watts and the East Los Angeles area. Involved with gangs at the age of 11, he had lost 25 of his friends by the time he turned 18. His autobiographical account, Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. (Curbstone, 1993), received The Carl Sandburg Award of the Friends of the Chicago Public Library. More...

http://www.poets.org/poets/poets.cfm?prmID=85 (The Academy of American Poets)

Websites about Luis J. Rodriguez:

The Urban Dreams Project
"A U.S. Department of Education Technology Innovation Challenge Grant"

© 2001-2004