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Mark Yakich


Mark Yakich
Mark Yakich

Mark Yakich is a professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans, where he is also editor of New Orleans Review. He is the author of Unrelated Individuals Forming a Group Waiting to Cross (National Poetry Series, Penguin 2004), The Making of Collateral Beauty (Snowbound Chapbook Award, Tupelo 2006), Green Zone New Orleans (Press Street 2008), The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine (Penguin 2008),  Checking In/Checking Out (NO Books), and A Meaning for Wife (Ig Publishing 2011). With Christopher Schaberg, he is also co-founder and co-editor of, a new media project that aims to rejunvenate airplane reading. In spring 2012, Mark was a Fulbright Fellow in the Faculty of Letters at the University of Lisbon.

Recent Publications

  • "What is a Poem?" and "Reading a Poem: 20 Strategies," The Atlantic
  • A Meaning for Wife (novel), Ig Publishing (Brooklyn, NY) 2011
  • Checking In /Checking Out (memoir), NO Books (New Orleans, LA) 2011
  • “Yakking Points,” Poets on Teaching, Ed. Joshua Marie Wilkinson, 2010 University of Iowa Press (Iowa City, IA)
  • The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine, Penguin Poets (NYC) 2008


Ph.D., Florida State University; M.F.A, University of Memphis; M.A., Indiana University; B.A., Illinois Wesleyan University

Classes Taught

  • Reading Poetry
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Modern Poetry
  • Writing Poetry
  • Poetry Workshop: Series, Sequence, Chapbook
  • Editing & Publishing
  • Special Topics: Unreliable Narrators and Authors
  • Honors: Words, Images, Politics

Areas of Expertise

Poetry and Politics, Experimental Poetics, Art and Writing, Creative Writing Pedagogy