Professor Rodger Kamenetz

Louisiana, United States

Member Since: 08/22/2012

Rodger Kamenetz wrote the international best-seller, The Jew in the Lotus (Harper), and won the National Jewish Book Award for Stalking Elijah (Harper). Other non-fiction books are Terra Infirma (Schocken), The History of Last Night's Dream, (Harper) and Burnt Books. (Shocken/Nextbook).  His six volumes of poetry include The Lowercase Jew (Northwestern) and To Die Next To You (Six Galleries). He's founding director of LSU's MFA program, where he taught poetry and non-fiction writing. He retired as LSU Distinguished Professor and Sternberg Honors Chair and now works as a dream therapist. His poems and prose have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, in hundreds of periodicals and in dozens of anthologies.    


Twitter Username: @Jewinthelotus


  • The Jew in the Lotus , HarperOne (May 10, 1994)
  • The History of Last Night's Dream , HarperOne (September 1, 2007)
  • The Lowercase Jew , Northwestern University Press (May 10, 2003)
  • Burnt Books , Schocken/ Nextbook (September 25, 2010)
  • To Die Next To You , Six Galleries Press (August 1, 2013)
  • Terra Infirma: A Memoir of My Mother's Life in Mine , Schocken Books/Pantheon (January 10, 1999)
  • The Missing Jew: New and Selected Poems , Time Being Books (March 2, 1992)
  • Stuck: Poems Midlife , Time Being Books (December 2, 1997)
  • Nympholepsy , Dryad Press (January 1, 1985)
  • The Missing Jew , Dryad Press (March 3, 1979)
  • Stalking Elijah , Harper One (April 4, 1997)


  • National Jewish Book Award for Jewish Thought(1997)
  • National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship(1992)
  • Atlas Award Board of Regents of Louisiana(2009)


  • Professor Emeritus at Louisiana State University (May 2010 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in English and American Literature from Yale (June 1970)
  • Master of Arts in Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University (May 1972)
  • Master of Arts in English and Comparative Literature from Stanford University (January 1975)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry