Mark Yakich



Mark Yakich is a professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans, where he is also editor of the New Orleans Review. He is the author of the poetry collections 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); and Poetry for Planes (Eyewear forthcoming 2017).




1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
State Capitol, House Committee Room 1
Book Talk
Poetry: A Survivor’s Guide

1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Poetry: A Survivor's Guide

Playful and serious, unforgiving and compassionate, Poetry: A Survivor's Guide offers an original take on a subject both loved and feared. In a series of provocative and inspiring propositions, the act of reading a poem is made new, and the act of writing one is made over. Questions of poetry's difficulty, pretension, and relevance are explored with insight and daring. In an age of new media and social networking, this handbook-cum-manifesto provides fresh reverence for one of our oldest forms of art.


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