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Homeboy poet

Verdugo listens to Maynor Aguirre read poetry in a writing class at Homeboy Industries. (Annie Wells / Los Angeles Times)
Leslie Schwartz teaches a writing class at Homeboy Industries. She encourages her students to write about what they know. (Annie Wells / Los Angeles Times)
Verdugo holds goddaughter Jaden Johnson during her baptism at the San Gabriel Mission Church. Polly Martinez, left, is the baby’s godmother. At right is the baby’s mother, Sabrina Johnson. (Annie Wells / Los Angeles Times)