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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mark Yakich  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry


-- Mark Yakich on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Mark Yakich attended Illinois Wesleyan University, and recieved a B. A.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mark Yakich is an associate professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans. Mark's writing and research interests include poetry and politics, experimental poetics, and art and writing.

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Titles At Your Library

Unrelated Individuals Forming a Group Waiting to Cross (National Poetry Series)
ISBN: 0142004510

Penguin Books. 2004

Mark Yakich is an original... In the unabashedly unwieldy title and in each poem, there are no borders drawn between the commonplace and the metaphysical. There are journeys, crossings, and departures—all evocative of the loneliness, alienation, and desire for identity with another (person or place), which, formalized, makes this work recognizable as art of a very high order.” —James Galvin, Guggenheim Foundation and National Endowment of the Arts Fellow

The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine (Penguin Poets)
ISBN: 014311333X

Penguin Books. 2008

An unconventional collection from a National Poetry Series award-winning poet, author of Spiritual Exercises

Mark Yakich 's acclaimed debut collection, Unrelated Individuals Forming a Group Waiting to Cross, examined the blessing and curse of romantic love in its multiplicities. The poems in his new collection approach questions of suffering and atrocity (e.g., war, genocide, fallen souffls) with discerning humor and unconventional comedy. These poems show how humor can be taken as seriously as straight-ahead solemnity and how we can re-envision solemnity in terms other than lamentation, protest, and memorial.

Green Zone New Orleans
ISBN: 0977768120

Press Street. 2008

The aim of Green Zone New Orleans, a nine-part poem meant to be performed aloud, is to approach questions of disaster and its aftermath from tragicomic perspectives. GREEN ZONE NEW ORLEANS is published in a limited edition chapbook, including illustrations, by Press Street, a non-profit 501c3 organization that promotes art and literature in the community through events, publications, and arts education. Mark Yakich is the author of Unrelated Individuals Forming a Group Waiting to Cross (National Poetry Series, Penguin 2004), and The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine (Penguin 2008). He is an associate professor of English at Loyola University.

Making of Collateral Beauty, The
ISBN: 193219522X

Tupelo Press. 2006

Idiosyncratic, wry and unique, this small volume is both companion to and descendant of Yakich's award-winning Unrelated Individuals Forming a Group, Waiting to Cross. Each poem here shares a title with a poem in the previous book. Each poem expands on its namesake poemgives the backgroundbut a background you've never imagined! When a poet as vital and innovative as Yakich is telling the story behind the poem, the vignettes and characters that emerge from behind the scenes are as exuberant and playful as the originals. Another Tupelo book that looks at the meaning of what it is to create.

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