Rodger Kamenetz is a poet, essayist, and thinker who is internationally known for his work in Jewish-Buddhist dialogue. He is professor of literature and director of the Jewish Studies Program at Louisiana State University. He is the author of eight books, including "The Jew in the Lotus,"
"The Missing Jew: New and Selected Poems," and "Stalking Elijah," which won the National Jewish Book Award for 1997 in the category of Jewish Thought. He has written for The New York Times and Moment Magazine.