Tony R. Rodriguez

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Tony R. Rodriguez is an American novelist residing in the Bay Area of California. He is the former Board Chairman of the literary collective PEN Oakland,[1] a chapter of Pen America Center, which is an affiliate of PEN International. His novels have been published in Scotland and the United States of America. They include the best-selling titles Under These Stars (Beatdom Books, 2014)[2] and When I Followed the Elephant (Cauliay Publishing and Distribution, 2011).[3] His books have been studied at various high schools and universities, including the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, formerly known as the University of Texas-Pan American.[4] Rodriguez has also been published in various anthologies and literary journals. His works have been widely reviewed, especially through the East Bay Review,[5] View From Here magazine,[6] as well as local Bay Area press.[7] Rodriguez has been featured in many Bay Area literary festivals, including LitQuake,[8] the Oakland Book Festival[9] and 100,000 Poets for Change.[10]



  • Under These Stars[11] (Beatdom Books, 2014)
  • When I Followed the Elephant[12] (Cauliay Publishing and Distribution, 2011)


  • Fightin’ Words (Heyday Books, 2015)[13]
  • Beatitude Golden Anniversary: 1959-2009[14]


  1. ^ "Pen Oakland Board". Pen Oakland.
  2. ^ "Under These Stars". Beatdom Books.
  3. ^ "When I Followed the Elephant". Google Books.
  4. ^ "English 3398—Contemporary American Fiction" (PDF). Pen Oakland.
  5. ^ "Under These Stars". The East Bay Review.
  6. ^ "Review: When I Followed the Elephant by Tony R Rodriguez". View From Here Magazine.
  7. ^ "News in brief for the Aug. 14 Fremont Bulletin". The Mercury News.
  8. ^ "LitQuake Oct. 7-15th" (PDF). Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Fairfax, California". 100 Thousand Poets For Change.
  11. ^ Rodriguez, Tony R. (2014). Under These Stars. USA: Beatdom Books. ISBN 0956952585.
  12. ^ Rodriguez, Tony R. (2011). When I Followed the Elephant. Scotland: Cauliay Publishing and Distribution. ISBN 0956462472.
  13. ^ Rodriguez, Tony R. (2015). Fightin' Words. USA: Heyday Books. ISBN 978-0-615-96797-4.
  14. ^ Harris, Latif; Cherkovski, Neeli. Beatitude Golden Anniversary 1959-2009. Beatitude/Latif Harris. ISBN 0615293948.