About Dr. Rodríguez
I am a writer and a teacher.
I write to learn and I learn to write. I love teaching and I teach writing most of all.
My teaching experiences:
I have taught writing and literature at several schools—some of them large state universities, others small liberal arts colleges. Some were in the inner city, others surrounded by farms.
I have also worked in other settings. I was an editor at a world organization. I also tutored students in academic writing centers. I have freelanced as an editing and writing consultant. And last but not least, I have taught creative writing workshops at The Writers Place in Kansas City.
I love working with writers because I share their struggle to make "a thing of beauty." I know their thought process, their triumphs and failures. I become the student I teach, but at the same time, I try to be a knowledgeable guide. I have studied writing for nearly a lifetime. I love the enthusiasm of young writers and can't imagine a life without writing in it. What more could a writing teacher wish for?
I have a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. My primary focus was 19th- and 20th-century English and American poetry. My thesis was on John Keats.
My master of arts is in creative writing from Stanford University.
My undergrad major was English at the University of Iowa.
Aside from teaching, editing, and writing, I have worked in libraries, cut gaskets in a factory, acted in a theater troupe, and did temp work as a clerk typist.
My scholarly work has been published in Sagetrieb: A Journal Devoted to Poets in the Imagist/Objectivist Tradition; Lucero: A Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies; Hispanic Culture Review; and Bilingual Review.
I wrote a study of the English Romantic poet John Keats titled Book of the Heart, published by Lindisfarne Press.
I also have a book of poetry, Night Song, published by Tia Chucha Press.
I have presented papers, delivered lectures, and conducted workshops in the areas of writing and literature for more than 30 years and I continue to be active in all these areas.
How the Writing Center can help you
If you struggle with writing, the Writing Center can provide help. We are a sounding board as well as a source of information about academic writing.
We listen to you and help you develop ideas or approaches for projects of all kinds.
Whether you are a student or a resident, whether you are applying for fellowships, internships, residencies, or jobs, we can help with all your writing needs.
Contact the Writing Center if you want to make an appointment or have a question or concern about writing. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and our phone number is 913-945-8477. We are located in Dykes Library, room G011, and open Monday through Friday all year round.