Rodger received a BA in Humanities from Evergreen State College, and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Antioch University. He completed course work at the Northwest Writing Institute of Lewis & Clark College, and at Portland State University.
He currently teaches writing part-time to high school students at the Metropolitan Learning Center in Northwest Portland. He has taught at Portland State University School of Extended Studies and their Salem Center, and for Portland Community College at the Columbia River Correctional Institution. For the past two years, he has also been teaching ten-week fiction workshops in his home.