I began writing poetry as a teen, each summer filling multiple spiral-bounds with musings, while crisscrossing the Midwest in Greyhound Senicruisers. During my high school years, I did a lot of my writing from atop a bar stool in the back of a small Denver donut shop I worked at in the evenings - a dingy hangout frequented by professors, cops, and street people. I was never at a loss for material.
I am a poet, essayist, and high school English teacher - a lover of words and language in all forms - originally from Minnesota, presently teaching in New Orleans. The tale of how I moved from corporate life to the classroom is chronicled in my book ' Do you know what it means, to teach New Orleans' - available here.
A follow-up to that work, focusing on the humor, humanity, and pathos of daily life in an inner-city classroom, is due out in the fall of 2017.
A freelance writer, I have written in a variety of mediums and situations, and currently maintain an essay blog, Chaotic Zen, ala Carte, but my first love is poetry. Find more about my poetic leanings at my poetry blog, 'Ponderable polemics, poetic.
My work has been featured in a variety of locales, and I am a founding member of the online writing group known as Some Poets.
You can also find me here: https://www.marklucker.com/