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Literary Movements with Rod Carlos Rodriguez

April 15, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm CDT


Saturday, April 15, 9am-1pm CST, in-person at Government Canyon (12861 Galm Road, San Antonio, Texas 78254)
Instructor: Rod Carlos Rodriguez
Nonmember: $90; Member: $75; Student/Vet/Mil $60



Nature has inspired countless writers and artists and played a key role in many literary movements, from Transcendentalism to SLAM poetry. As such, this class will examine these movements and their nature-based connections so that we may draw upon them for our own creativity.

For additional inspiration, we will be in nature’s classroom, the great outdoors! We will share and write from the comfort of the Government Canyon Gallery, which provides an enclosed classroom wrapped in windows and a gorgeous 360° view of the surrounding woods. 

Class participants will use body movement as a source of creativity, find their own corners of nature to sit in and write from, and participate in small group work. Bring a bottle of water and a folding chair! Following the class, participants are encouraged to stick around and explore the park on their own.

After taking this class, students will be able to:

  • Fuse the great outdoors into their own writing process.
  • Identify multiple American Literary Movements (both past and present), from  Transcendentalism and Surrealism to the Beat Generation, and more.
  • Gather inspiration from an array of writers associated with these literary movements.

*This class will be held in the Government Canyon Gallery. The event space is covered and still accessible in the event of rain. 

Rod Carlos Rodriguez has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso. He has trained as a guest lecturer at the University of Texas at San Antonio Writing Program. He is also an award-winning poet who has written for over 40 years. He has three books of poetry published and is the 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 (Kallisto Gaia Press), a literary journal/periodical, and he was the editor of Texas Poetry Calendar 2023 (Kallisto Gaia Press).


April 15, 2023
9:00 am - 1:00 pm CDT
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Government Canyon
12861 Galm Road
San Antonio, 78254 United States
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