Bringing poetry down from a pedestal: an interview with Mark Yakich

At one point in Mark Yakich’s Poetry: A Survivor’s Guide, this instruction: “Work on one poem at a sitting. You most likely are distracted all day by all kinds of information…” …is followed directly by: “Work on multiple poems at…

ROOM 220’s Picks for the Best Panels and Other Events at the 2016 Tennessee Williams Festival (March 30 – April 3)

One of the highlights of New Orleans’ literary calendar, the Tennessee Williams Festival (March 30 – April 3) is celebrating its thirtieth year of festivities in 2016. Over its three decades, the festival has faithfully brought acclaimed poets, writers and…

UNO presents an evening with Jennifer S. Davis and Mark Yakich on March 3

The University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop will host a reading by Jennifer S. Davis & Mark Yakich at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, at the University of New Orleans Lakefront Campus, Liberal Arts Building, Room 140. The…

While we were slacking: A holiday recap

It seems we at Room 220 can’t avert our gaze even for a moment from the riveting world of books and literature in New Orleans without missing exciting new stories and developments. While we were busy stuffing our faces with…

New Orleans Review unveils its newest issue this week

By Ari Braverman New Orleans Review will celebrate the release of its new issue with readings from the magazine and literary mingling beginning at 7 p.m. this Friday, September 13, at Maple Street Book Shop (7529 Maple St.). This is…

OPP ENGLISH, Part II: “When I left, my mind was buzzing.”

Inside Orleans Parish Prison—one of the worst jails in the country—an English class takes place, not to help inmates fulfill GED requirements, but simply to facilitate their study of literature and books. In this three-part series, Room 220‘s Ari Braverman…

From Hangar to Grave: Christopher Schaberg on Dead Airplanes

Over at The New Inquiry, New Orleans’ resident air travel intellectual Christopher Schaberg provides a history of defunct airplane models and anticipates the eventual death of Boeing’s new Dreamliner aircraft, a “plane of the future” that has already begun to…

Crescent City Books hosts October authors, celebrates 20 years

The Black Widow Salon continues its docket of literary events next month with presentations by Mark Yakich from 7 – 9 p.m. on Oct. 1 and Carolyn Hembree from 2 – 4 p.m. on  Oct. 6. Both events will take…

New Orleans Literary Audio on the Knox Writers’ House

The Knox Writers’ House documents a literary field-recording road trip of sorts. Three enthusiasts drive across the country, interviewing and recording readings by writers along the way. They’ve made dozens of mp3s and transcripts (along with crude line-drawing portraits) available…

Travel, security, death, the mundane, strangers, boredom, home, geography: A talk about airports and air travel with Christopher Schaberg and Mark Yakich

By Nathan C. Martin Mutual obsession can make strange bedfellows. For Christopher Schaberg and Mark Yakich, it made a multimedia publishing project. The two professors of English at Loyola University New Orleans share a common infatuation with flight and its…

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