Mark Yakich

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Mark Yakich, Latter Library, New Orleans, 2017.

Mark Yakich is an American poet, novelist, and the Gregory F. Curtin, S.J., Distinguished Professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans.[1] Yakich co-founded and co-edits Airplane Reading,[2] a media venue dedicated to collecting travelers' stories about flight. He is also the editor of New Orleans Review.


His collection of poems Unrelated Individuals Forming a Group Waiting to Cross was one of five winners of the National Poetry Series in 2003. Another collection, The Making of Collateral Beauty, won the Snowbound Chapbook Award and was published by Tupelo Press in 2006. Most recently, he published the collection The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine (Penguin Poets, 2008) and the chapbook Green Zone New Orleans (Press Street, 2008). Yakich's first novel, A Meaning for Wife, was named by the National Book Critics Circle as the No. 1 Small Press Highlight for 2011.[3]

Yakich was a Fulbright Fellow (2011–12) and taught in the School of Letters at the University of Lisbon, Portugal.


  • Unrelated Individuals Forming a Group Waiting to Cross. Penguin Books. 2004. ISBN 978-0-14-200451-7.
  • The Making of Collateral Beauty. Tupelo Press. 2006. ISBN 978-1-932195-22-4.
  • The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine. Penguin Books. 2008. ISBN 978-0-14-311333-1.
  • Green Zone New Orleans. Press Street. 2008. ISBN 978-0-9777681-2-7.
  • Checking In/Checking Out. (with Christopher Schaberg). NO Books. 2011. ISBN 978-0-615-46640-8.
  • A Meaning for Wife. Ig Publishing. 2011. ISBN 978-1-935439-41-7.
  • Poetry: A Survivor's Guide. Bloomsbury. 2015. ISBN 978-1501309496.
  • Airplane Reading. Zero Books. 2016. ISBN 978-1782798187.
  • The Dangerous Book of Poetry for Planes. Eyewear. 2017. ISBN 978-1911335382.
  • Interviews from the Edge: 50 Years of Conversations about Writing and Resistance. Bloomsbury. 2019. ISBN 978-1501347450.


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