Luis J. Rodriguez is one of this country’s leading Xicano writers. He has eight published books in poetry, children’s literature, memoir, nonfiction, and fiction, including the international bestseller Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in LA. His most recent books include Hearts and Hands: Creating Community in Violent Times and The Republic of East LA: Stories. He also has a CD of music and poetry called “My Name’s Not Rodriguez” from Dos Manos Records (CDbaby.com). Music of the Mill, was published in the fall of 2004 by Rayo Books/HarperCollins. Luis has received numerous awards for his literary and community work, including as one of fifty “Unsung Heroes of Compassion” from around the world, presented by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.