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Mark Yakich

Gregory F. Curtin, S.J., Distinguished Professor


Ph.D., Florida State University

M.F.A, University of Memphis

M.A., Indiana University

B.A., Illinois Wesleyan University


  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Center for Editing and Publishing
  • English


  • Poetry
  • Writing


Mark Yakich is the Gregory F. Curtin, S.J. Distinguished Professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans, where he is Director of the Center for Editing and Publishing. 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), A Meaning for Wife (Ig Publishing 2011) and Poetry: A Survivor's Guide (Bloomsbury 2015). 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.

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


  • Spiritual Exercises, Penguin Poets, 2019
  • Interviews from the Edge: 50 Years of Conversations about Writing & Resistance (co-edited with John Biguenet)
  • Airplane Reading (co-edited with Chris Schaberg), Zero Books, 2016
  • Poetry: A Survivor's Guide, Bloomsbury 2015
  • "What is a Poem?" and "Reading a Poem: 20 Strategies," The Atlantic