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These are grim and meaty poems, carefully crafted and tight. The experiences dealt with are those that break people, but these poems are far from broken. For a slender volume, it is remarkably substantial. --Marge Piercy, author of City of Darkness, City of Light: A Novel

About the Author

Rodger Kamenetz was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1950. He graduated from Yale University; he also studied at The Johns Hopkins University and Stanford University. He was a recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Literature in 1992. His poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared in a dozen major anthologies and in numerous periodicals. Kamenetz currently teaches English and creative writing at Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge. He has published three books of poems, Nympholepsy, The Missing Jew, and Stuck, and an autobiography, Terra Infirma. Since the publication of The Jew in the Lotus, he has become known for his work in Jewish-Buddhist dialogue. His most recent book of prose is Stalking Elijah: Adventures with Today's Jewish Mystical Masters.

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Rodger Kamenetz is an award-winning poet, author and teacher. Of his eleven books, his best known is The Jew in the Lotus, the story of rabbis making a holy pilgrimage through India to meet with the Dalai Lama. His account of their historic dialogue became an international bestseller, prompting a reevaluation of Judaism in the light of Buddhist thought. Now in its twentieth year of publication and its 35th printing overall, The Jew in the Lotus is a staple of college religion courses. The New York Times called it a "revered text." A PBS documentary followed, and a sequel, Stalking Elijah, won him the National Jewish Book Award for Jewish Thought.

Kamenetz's six books of poetry include To Die Next To You and The Lowercase Jew. He has been called "the most formidable of the Jewish-American poets." His memoir, Terra Infirma was described as "one of the most beautiful books ever written about a mother and a son."

When The History of Last Night's Dream appeared in 2007, Oprah Winfrey interviewed him on her "Soul Series" program, saying, "What's so exciting about this book is that it talks about how there's a whole other life that we are living when we sleep and that our dreams are there as offerings and gifts to us if we only recognize what the dreams are there to teach us."

Kamenetz's latest work of non-fiction 2010's Burnt Books, in Schocken/Nextbook's Jewish Encounters series, once again crosses boundaries, between literature and religion. It begins as a dual biography of Franz Kafka and Rebbe Nachman, who each asked his best friend to burn his books. It ends with Kamenetz on his own pilgrimage to Kafka's Prague and to the rebbe's grave in Ukraine.

Born in Baltimore, Rodger Kamenetz has degrees from Yale, Johns Hopkins and Stanford. At Louisiana State University, he held a dual appointment as a Professor of English and Professor of Religious Studies and founded the MFA program in creative writing and the Jewish Studies minor. He retired as LSU Distinguished Professor and Sternberg Honors Chair Professor. He lives in New Orleans where he devotes himself now to his work with clients who seek spiritual direction through dreams.

For more information about Rodger Kamenetz, visit his website at, or meet him on Facebook, or follow him on twitter at

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