Rodger Kamenetz



Founding director of the Louisiana State University MFA program where he taught poetry and nonfiction, Rodger Kamenetzhas published seven books of poetry. Kamenetz is also the author of five books, including the perennial bestseller The Jew in the Lotus. He's received an NEA Fellowship, the National Jewish Book Award, ATLAS award, wrote and appeared in the PBS documentary The Jew in the Lotus, and was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on her "Soul Series." More at





12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Capitol Park Event Center, Glass Room
Poetry and Dreams

1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Senate Chamber
Book Talk
Interview from the Edge: 50 Years of Conversations about Writing and Resistance



“For the past 15 years I’ve been working with dream clients, immersed in their dreams. I call this healing practice Natural Dreamwork. The work is phenomenological. Paying close attention  to time-space-feeling in dreams,  I learned that dream narratives are often deceptive.

“At core a dream is a poem disguised as a story.

“I still did not know how to apply that insight to writing. I had a practice of writing down my dreams  every night but these were not yet poems. One dawn I found the secret:  instead of writing down my dream, I could write a poem instead.  A poem in the wake of the dream.

“That morning Yonder was born.”  — Rodger Kamenetz

This collection of prose poems from the author of The History of Last Night’s Dream, The Jew in the Lotus and To Die Next To You brims with respect for the genre, with homages to forebears from Baudelaire to Max Jacob, Russel Edson to Kafka.


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