Rod Carlos Rodriguez


Author's Bio

Rod Carlos Rodriguez has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso and has trained as a guest lecturer at the University of Texas at San Antonio Writing Program. He is an award-winning poet who has been writing for over 40 years. He has 3 books of poetry published: Exploits of a Sun Poet (Pecan Grove Press, 2003), Lucid Affairs (Sun Arts Press, 2012) and Native Instincts (Human Error Publishing, 2016). He is founder/chair of the Sun Poet’s Society, South Texas’s longest running weekly open-mic poetry reading (1995-2022). He was nominated for the San Antonio Poet Laureate in April 2012, April 2014, April 2016, and April 2018. He was the poetry editor for Ocotillo Review, a literary journal/periodical and he was the editor of the Texas Poetry Calendar 2023 (Kallisto Gaia Press).

Publications & Prizes

Exploits of a Sun Poet (under the pen name Rod C. Stryker) (Pecan Grove Press, 2003)
Prizes won: 

Author of the Month, February 2003, Barnes and Noble/Bookstop, San Antonio, Texas

Best Book of 2005, San Antonio Current, San Antonio, Texas

Nominated for the San Antonio Poet Laureate for 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018, San Antonio, Texas

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Talking Taino: Carribean Natural History from a Native Perspective by William F. Keegan, Lisabeth A. Carlson

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Bay Shore, NY
New York
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New York
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Last update: Nov 11, 2022