The Block Muse

Mark Nowak

Listen now to Working Poems with Mark Nowak (audio, 30 minutes)

Poet, playwright, essayist and cultural critic Mark Nowak will respond to the Left Front exhibition in a reading and conversation. In the spirit of the Left Front, his poems give voice to working people, documenting the hardships wrought by economic downturns both here in the United States and around the world. 

Frank Cunningham, business representative of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW Local 134) and a participant in the first workshop Nowak conducted in Chicago, will join Nowak for the program.

Mark Nowak is the author of three volumes of poetry, all from Coffee House Press: Revenants (2000), Shut Up Shut Down (2004), and Coal Mountain Elementary (2009). A 2010 graduate creative writing program at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. This program is in partnership with the Program in American Studies, Poetry & Poetics Colloquium and Harris Feinsod’s course, "The Poetry of History in the Americas."