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Rodger Kamenetz

b. 1950

Current City, State, Country

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Birth City, State, Country

United States


Rodger Kamenetz is a poet, author,  professor emeritus of English and Religious Studies. He is best known for The Jew in the Lotus, an international best-seller now in its 40th printing.  He’s published fifteen books of poetry and prose, among them Stalking Elijah which won the National Jewish Book Award for Jewish Thought and The History of Last Night’s Dream which was featured on Oprah Winfrey’s Soul Series.  His other books of Jewish interest include Terra Infirma and Burnt Books a dual biography of Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav and Franz Kafka. His recent books of poetry include  Yonder and Dream Logic. His latest book, The Missing Jew: Poems 1976-2022 represents a forty-six year project in Jewish poetry.

Rodger founded  Natural Dreamwork  and leads an international group of practitioners. He lives in New Orleans with his wife artist and novelist Moira Crone.

Published Works

The Missing Jew: 1976-2022 (Ben Yehuda Press, 2022 In press)
Dream Logic (PURH, 2020)
Yonder (Lavender Ink, 2019)
To Die Next To You (Six Gallery Press, 2013)
The Lowercase Jew (Northwestern, 2003)
Stuck: Poems Midlife (Time Being Books, 1997)
The Missing Jew: New and Selected Poems (Time Being Books, 1992)
Nympholepsy (Dryad Press, 1985)
The Missing Jew (Dryad Press/Tropos Press, 1979)

Burnt Books: Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav and Franz Kafka (Schocken/Nextbook, 2010)
The History of Last Night’s Dream (HarperOne, 2007)
The Jew in the Lotus (PLUS) With an afterword by the author (Harper San Francisco, 1994; reprint: HarperOne, 2007)
Terra Infirma: a memoir of my mother’s life in mine (U. of Arkansas Press, 1985; reprint: Schocken, 1999)
Stalking Elijah (Harper San Francisco, 1997)

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Poet, author, founder and practitioner of Natural Dreamwork, Professor Emeritus Louisiana State University


Stanford University, M.A.
Johns Hopkins University, M.A.  The Writing Seminars 1972
English and Comparative Literature Yale College, B.A. English and American Literature  1970

Languages of Publication(s) and Poets Translated

French Max Jacob

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