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John Roedel

Poet. Writer. Comic. Storyteller. Terrible Dancer.


John Roedel is a comic who unexpectedly gained notability as a writer and poet through his heartfelt Facebook conversations that went viral and became an Amazon best-selling book titled, Hey God. Hey John.


He is the author of five books—Hey God. Hey John, Any Given SomedayUntied: The Poetry of What Comes Next, Remedy, and his latest work, Upon Departure, which explores through poetry the concept of our grief as a natural wonder that terraforms the landscape of our world in increments.


Offering a sincere and very relatable look at his faith crisis, mental health, personal struggles, perception of our world, and even his fashion sense, John's writing has been shared millions of times across social media and lauded by fans and readers worldwide. He teaches at universities and retreat centers across the US, blending his trademark comedy with creative exercises, journaling, dialogue, and introspection to help people fearlessly embrace and share their personal stories.

Image by Olga Thelavart

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  • The Unafraid Storyteller
    Jun 09, 9:00 AM – Jun 11, 3:00 PM
    Omega, 150 Lake Drive, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
    Life is meant to be unfiltered, messy, adventurous, and a bit chaotic, says poet, writer, and comedian John Roedel, adding that this is exactly what makes being alive the best game in the universe. Join John in this high-energy retreat as he guides you to tell the authentic story of your life.
  • The Unafraid Storyteller
    Sep 29, 9:00 AM – Oct 01, 3:00 PM
    The Art of Living Retreat Center, 639 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone, NC 28607
    It takes courage to tell the authentic story of our lives without worrying about what people will think about us. Through journaling, group interaction, creative exercises, physical movement and hands-on activities, this high-energy experience you with the tools to tell your own story without fear.
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