Rob Wallace

Honors College, Northern Arizona University

Writer, musician, and teacher Rob Wallace holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses on poetry, improvisation, popular and “world” musics, and the intersections between literature and music. Along with teaching literature, music, and writing, Wallace is an active percussionist in a number of genres ranging from Hindustani classical music to free improvisation. He has performed and/or recorded with many artists including Pt. Hom Nath Upadhyaya, Colter Frazier, Yungchen Lhamo, Vinny Golia, Jeff Kaiser, Jim Connolly, Robin Eubanks, Hal Onserud, Matana Roberts, Getatchew Mekurya, Andrew Raffo Dewar, Hamid Drake, Tracy McMullen, Ajay Heble, Daniel Fischlin, Lewis Melville, Jesse Stewart, Joe Sorbara, Kyle Brenders, Jane Bunnett, Larry Cramer, and Frank Rosaly. His recordings can be found on the pfMentum and Ambiances Magnétiques record labels. He is the author of Improvisation and the Making of American Literary Modernism (Continuum). Rob was a postdoctoral fellow with the ICASP project from 2008-2009.