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Yictove was a poet born on 28 February 1946 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He worked as a performer, mentor and instructor in the United States and abroad, and was particularly active in New York City and New Jersey. He died on 29 July 2007 in Newark, New Jersey.
Born Eugene Melvin Turk, Yictove was a proponent of rhymed poetry, who mentored high school students in New Jersey, including those at East Orange High School, performed as a poet in the schools courtesy of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, taught creative writing in public libraries and in the Safe Haven program/YMCA in East Orange, New Jersey, and directed poetry series in New York City's Knitting Factory. He also produced and hosted a poetry series on cable television in Newark.
Yictove published two books, D.J. Soliloquy and Blue Print, and a CD, My Life, My Story. He was working on his third book before his death.
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