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Research Associate; Postdoctoral fellow 2008-2009, University of Guelph, Book Reviews Editor, CSI-ECI

University of Guelph

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).

...the innovative working models of improvisation developed by creative practitioners have helped to promote a dynamic exchange of cultural forms, and to encourage new, socially responsive forms of community building across national, cultural, and artistic boundaries.

– Ajay Heble