Rod C. Rodriguez (Stryker)


The “Birth” of Rod Carlos Rodriguez

(Birth Name: Carlos Emilio Rodriguez)


For over 25 years, the nom de plume (seudónimo) of Rod Carlos Stryker has served me as a warm and constant reminder of how I started in this exquisite world of writing, poetry, and the arts. Stryker has been my closest ally, my most steadfast compadre, and has become synonymous with the Sun Poet’s Society. Under this name, I’ve met and broke bread with people literally from around the world. I founded arts organizations, started magazines, wrote award-winning books, and was nominated three times for San Antonio Poet Laureate as Rod Carlos Stryker. I’ve also enjoyed many lessons and opportunities for growth in the arts and beyond while simultaneously honoring my Uncle Jesus Rodriguez and Aunt Cindy Rodriguez who were singularly instrumental in my 30 plus years of writing (see my blog, The Birth of Rod Carlos Stryker: ).

But in the last few years, I have felt a deep-seated desire to return to my roots, mi familia en Puerto Rico. Though some may argue it’s just a name and that it doesn’t really matter what I call myself, I have come to a point in life that it does matter. I want to fully embrace the part of me that is connected to my heritage and my culture in my writing and art photography. Naturally, this will be a process of transition. No change comes without trials and tribulations. Since “Stryker” is and always will be a part me, I will continue to use “Rod” as a salute to both my previous alter ego’s memory and my uncle and aunt’s immeasurable influence (dramatic, I know). Most importantly, each person must be honest with who they are and how they present themselves. And I am ready to present and represent this next chapter in my life with a more authentic spirit; a rebirth that will be documented in an upcoming book tentatively titled, Elysian Blues.

With all that said, I officially reclaim my birth surname and henceforth will write, publish, and proclaim myself to be Rod Carlos Rodriguez. All of my currently published books (that are in print) will still be available for purchase and if you’re interested in getting a copy, please search on Amazon ( using my previous pen name of Rod Carlos Stryker or search via my book titles of Native Instincts (Human Error Publishing) and Lucid Affairs (Sun Arts Press). Additionally, my art photography will still be available at

In the meantime, please join me as I begin this journey of rebirth. I look forward to new and continuing adventures as Rod Carlos Rodriguez. Thank you to everyone for your (hopefully unceasing) support in poetry, art, and life.


Peace and poetry,

Rod Carlos Rodriguez, poet

(formerly, Rod Carlos Stryker)

chair – Sun Poet’s Society


Journey’s Bliss

Journeys require
that first step on a new path
before our bliss.


Rod Carlos Rodriguez




Rod Carlos Stryker has left the building…

  1. janbentexas says:

    So, I can still call you Rod, right?
    Because Rod is right, for Rodriguez
    Proud of You. Jan Benson

  2. ipsyb says:

    It’s an honour to know you Rod, all the best.

  3. I guess I’ll have to meet the new Rod soon.

  4. Awesome. And yes, it does matter. Very proud of you and happy all at the same time. Welcome! 😀

  5. sssusieq says:

    A rose by any other name…

  6. Del Cain says:

    Whatever you call yourself or want us to call you, I am still a huge fan of your art, generous spirit,and caring.

  7. Congratulations on finding your deeper self. You accomplished much as Rod Stryker and that is all a part of your history. But the genes have deep roots in all of us and now you have acknowledged yours and you will go forward with an awareness of who you’ve always been, and smile as you carry on.

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