March 15, 2019KR Podcast

KR Podcast with Rodger Kamenetz

Rodger Kamenetz, author of The Jew in the Lotus and The History of Last Night’s Dream, speaks with his KR Writers Workshop Fellow Jessica Kinnison about the primary imagination, the American worship of honing one’s craft, and writing from soul vs. writing from persona.


Rodger Kamenetz is the author of eleven books of poetry and prose, including The Jew in the Lotus (HarperOne, 2007), The History of Last Night’s Dream (HarperOne, 2007), and The Lowercase Jew (Triquarterly, 2003). He is professor emeritus of English and religious studies at Louisiana State University.

Jessica Kinnison holds an MFA from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, where she taught creative writing in the Allegheny County Jail as part of the Words Without Walls program. Her play Baby won the Southwest Theatre and Film Association Short Play Contest in 2008. Her story “Bone on Bone” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012. Her stories have appeared in Juked, Pif Magazine, Fiction Southeast, The Fourth River, and Southern Humanities Review, among others. She serves as director of programs at Project Lazarus, a nonprofit transitional housing facility for people living with HIV/AIDS. She currently teaches creative writing in the Project Lazarus Wellness University and the New Orleans Writers Workshop. She is a producer and host of the Dogfish Reading Series in New Orleans.

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