Rob Halpern is the author of Rumored Place and Snow Sensitive Skin (co-authored with Taylor Brady). Two collections of poems, Disaster Suites and Music for Porn, are forthcoming, and a chapbook called "Imaginary Politics" will be out from TapRoot Editions next month.
He's currently co-editing the writings of the late Frances Jaffer together with Kathleen Fraser, and translating the early essays of Georges Perec, the first of which, "For a Realist Literature," can be found in the current issue of Chicago Review. He lives and teaches in San Francisco.
Realism and Utopia: Writing, Sex and Activism in the New Narrative: What was at stake with the emergence of New Narrative in San Francisco during the late 1970s? Whereas Language Poetry’s rigorous critique of subject-centered expressivist poetry registers, among other things, a response to the contradictions of the early 1960s Free Speech Movement, New Narrative’s commitment to a consequential form of storytelling, one with the potential to activate new forms of community, was critically faithful to the promise of another new social movement, Gay Liberation. read more