My friend Richard Katrovas created the Prague Summer Program in the wake of the Velvet Revolution and I was fortunate to teach in it many times in the summer. I got to learn the culture of Prague, especially the Jewish culture of the Jewish Quarter with its twin icons, the Golem and Franz Kafka.  Eventually … Read more


On Saturday March 13 at 5pm CT I  will be joining three other featured poets, from England, Australia and North Carolina for a prose poetry extravaganza hosted by LIT BALM. Here’s the link There will be an open mic so bring a poem and join in… Along with me, poets Holly Iglesias Paul Hetherington  and  … Read more

Jean Valentine a poet of the dream

“I had a teacher in college who said, ‘You could write from your dreams,’” she told Ploughshares, the literary magazine, in 2008, “and that was like being given a bag full of gold.” I was sad to learn of the death of Jean Valentine a gifted poet who wrote in the perfume of the dream. … Read more


I was interviewed for the Calm App, and featured in their ongoing series, Sparks. Here we talk a little about the benefit of keeping track of your dreams, and how to work with the images they offer.

Dreams and Afflictive Emotions

I first heard the question during the visit to Dharamsala in 1990 I narrated in The Jew in the Lotus. What are the methods for dealing with “afflictive states of mind”?  In this hour long teaching, which I presented recently to the IMSB (Insight Meditation South Bay) I begin with a succinct presentation of HH … Read more