Seven Stories Press

Works of Radical Imagination

From Our Land to Our Land

Imaginings and Musings of a Native Xicanx Writer

by Luis Rodriguez


A collection of powerful pieces on race, culture, identity and belonging and what these all mean and should mean (but often fail to) in the volatile climate of our nation. Rodriguez has a distinctly inspiring passion and wisdom in his approach as he writes about current political and cultural unrest, about his own compelling background, and about his vision for America's future. Ultimately, the book carries the message that we must come together if we are to move forward. He reminds us in the first essay, The End of Belonging, "I'm writing as a Native person. I'm writing as a poet. I'm writing as a revolutionary working class organizer and thinker who has traversed life journeys from which incredible experiences, missteps, plights, and victories have marked the way... I belong anywhere." The pieces in The Story of Our Day capture that same, fantastic energy and wisdom and will spark conversation and inspiration.


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Best known for his autobiographical Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A., LUIS RODRIGUEZ has written for the Nation, Grand Street, and the Los Angeles Weekly, among others. Winner of a National Book Award, a Lannan Foundation Fellowship, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for poetry, Rodriguez is also the founder of Tía Chucha Press, which publishes emerging socially conscious poets. He lives in San Fernando, California, with his wife, Trina, and their family. In 2014, Rodriguez was named Poet Laureate of the City of Los Angeles.