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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.

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  • Jun 05, 2024, 12:30 PM PDT – Jul 17, 2024, 1:00 PM PDT
    online class
    TO PUCHASE TICKETS PLEASE FOLLOW LINK INSIDE! John Roedel and Michelle Francois-Walsh are thrilled to be co-facilitating this Heart Write Soul experience. This is a 6 week online opportunity welcoming each of us to embrace the wildness of your narrative!
  • Jun 17, 2024, 7:00 PM – Jun 20, 2024, 11:00 AM
    Kanuga Inn & Lodging, 471 Kanuga Chapel Dr, Hendersonville, NC 28739, USA
    The "Freedom to Seek" gathering will hold a safe space of love for the spiritual seeker with any religious/spiritual background (or lack thereof) to deepen and expand their current concept of who they are in relation to the Divine and how we can better our communities in a spirit of joy.
  • Jul 15, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jul 19, 2024, 9:00 AM
    Madeline Island School of the Arts, 978 Chebomnicon Rd, La Pointe, WI 54850, USA
    Through journaling, group interaction, creative exercises, physical movement and hands-on activities, this high-energy experience with poet, writer, and comedian John Roedel provides you with the tools to tell your own story without fear of what the world will think of you.
  • Aug 23, 2024, 7:00 PM – Aug 25, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Art of Living Retreat Center, 639 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone, NC 28607, USA
    The HeartWrite retreat is an opportunity to embrace the wildness of your narrative, to celebrate imperfections, and to write with unguarded honesty. Poet, writer, and comedian John Roedel guides you through this transformative experience with his signature blend of humor, and heartfelt insights.
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