Writer, musician, and teacher Rob Wallace holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has performed and recorded with musicians from around the world. 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 (Bloomsbury) and co-editor (with Ajay Heble) of People Get Ready: The Future of Jazz is Now! (Duke). After many years of study and teaching, he returned to his hometown of Flagstaff, AZ in 2016, and is currently a Lecturer in the NAU Honors College.