Monday, September 17, 2012
Author Luis Rodriguez to Speak to Hughes Middle School Students
Author Luis Rodriguez, one of the leading Chicano writers in the U.S., will speak to students at Hughes Middle School on Tuesday, September 18, at 10:30 a.m. as part of the Reston Community Center’s Artist in Residency Program. Hughes Middle School is a Fairfax County public school.
Rodriguez’s visit will provide students with the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of the subjects about which he writes as well as reveal how he found his life’s purpose through writing. The author of 15 books, Rodriguez has written books for children and adults as memoirs, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. His work has received the Parent’s Choice Book Award, the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, a Chicago Sun-Times Book Award, a Poetry Center Book Award, distributed by the Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives at San Francisco State University; two PEN (poets, playwrights, essayists, novelists) Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Awards, and a Patterson Poetry Book Prize from the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College. Rodriguez has written two children’s books—America Is Her Name and It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way: A Barrio Story.
The son of Mexican immigrants, Rodriguez currently works as a gang intervention specialist on a national and international level. He has also helped establish community organizations that encourage youth participation in the arts.
Note: For more information, contact Aimee Monticchio at 703-715-3600 or email@example.com.