New Poems (and Old): A Live Reading by Michael Robbins

POETRY by Michael Robbins

Michael Robbins returned to the University of Chicago last fall to read from his debut collection Alien vs. Predator and his second book, The Second Sex, due out from Penguin this fall. He holds a Master of Arts in the Humanities and a PhD in English, both from UChicago.

When Professor Srikanth (Chicu) Reddy introduced Robbins, he called his former student’s poetry, “playful, transgression, rueful, and always ferociously intelligent.” Alien vs. Predator’s popularity and critical reception have made Robbins one of the most talked about poets in recent memory. Unconfirmed rumor has it that he outsold every living poet in the world last year. Regardless, as Reddy put it, Alien vs. Predator “speaks for a new generation of American poets,” drawing on hip-hop, slasher films, heavy metal, and a host of other genres.

Along with The Second Sex, Robbins is also publishing the forthcoming Equipment for Living, a collection of critical essays. He recently accepted a position teaching creative writing at Montclair State.