age twelve, Luis Rodriguez was a veteran of East Los Angeles gang warfare.
Lured by a seemingly invincible gang culture, he witnessed countless shootings,
beatings, and arrests and then watched with increasing fear as gang life
claimed friends and family members. Before long, Rodriguez saw a way out of the
barrio through education and the power of words and successfully broke free
from years of violence and desperation.
success as an award-winning poet, he was sure the streets would haunt him no
more, until his young son joined a gang. Rodriguez fought for his child by
telling his own story in Always Running, a vivid memoir that explores
the motivations of gang life and cautions against the death and destruction
that inevitably claim its participants.
times heartbreakingly sad and brutal, Always Running is ultimately an
uplifting true story, filled with hope, insight, and a hard-earned lesson for
the next generation. Download and start listening now!