Mark Yakich, a frequent yet fearful flier, received his Ph.D. in creative writing from Florida State University and is a poet and professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans, and Editor of the New Orleans Review. 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), and The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine (Penguin 2008). His first novel, A Meaning for Wife (Ig Publishing, 2011), was selected as the #1 Small Press Highlight of 2011 by the National Book Critics Circle. His latest book is Poetry: A Survivor's Guide (Bloomsbury, 2015), and his next poetry collection, Poetry for Planes, is forthcoming with Eyewear.
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