Rob Halpern reading from his newest book Common Place, published by Ugly Duckling Presse 2015.
Common Place continues Halpern’s sustained inquiry into the relations of body and voice to relentless militarization and economic depredation. Written in enjambed verses and impacted prose, Halpern’s language is at once raw and sculpted, passionate and analytic.
Rob Halpern lives between San Francisco and Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he teaches at Eastern Michigan University and Huron Valley Women’s Correctional Facility. Common Place is his most recent volume of poetry (Ugly Duckling Presse 2015). Other works include Music for Porn, Disaster Suites, and Rumored Place. Together with Taylor Brady, he also co-authored Snow Sensitive Skin. [ ——— ] Placeholder, which includes a selection of his poetry and prose drawn from across all of these books, was just published in the UK (Enitharmon 2015). Among other projects, Halpern is currently translating Georges Perec’s early essays on aesthetics and politics, and also co-editing a volume of essays on the literary movement known as New Narrative, together with Robin Tremblay-McGaw. His critical essays appear in Mediations, Journal of Narrative Theory, Modernist Cultures, Review of Contemporary Fiction, The Claudius App, and Chicago Review.