- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles has a new poet laureate - best-selling author Luis J. Rodriguez.

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Thursday that he’s appointing Rodriguez to the two-year post.

Rodriguez will compose poems about the city and host writing workshops and public readings.

He’s best known for a memoir called “Always Running: La Vida Loca Gang Days in LA.”

The book describes how literature helped Rodriguez escape a life of street-gang violence.

He’s also published several volumes of poetry.

Rodriguez and his wife, Trini, operate Tia Chucha’s, a bookstore and cultural center in the city’s San Fernando Valley.

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