Robert has written essays for major literary journals that often address the public role of poetry. This is rooted in an archipelagic understanding of power relations that thinks through the ethics and aesthetics of linguistic work.
Robert currently interviews writers for two journals - the LA Review of Books and Liminal. For LARB, he talks to leading Australian novelists about their recent work and helps them reach an international audience. For Liminal, he talks to fellow Asian Australians and discusses their artistic practice as part of wider cultural trends.
Kim Scott, Kate Grenville, Michelle de Kretser, Gail Jones, Peter Carey, Tim Winton, Anthony Macris, Claire G. Coleman, Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Shokoofeh Azar, Heather Rose, Christos Tsiolkas
Eileen Chong, Omar Sakr, Eunice Andrada, Naomi Velaphi, Maryam Azam, Hetty McKinnon, Sumudu Samarawickrama, André Dao, Bella Li
Robert has hosted conversational interviews with contemporary poets that examine issues such as influence, process and technique. The first series took place at The School of Life, Melbourne. The second series was at The Centre for Stories, Perth. Both can be found at PennSound.
Poets in the Cafe:
Bonny Cassidy, Luke Beesley, Jess Wilkinson, Matt Hall, Kent McCarter, Melinda Bufton, Autumn Royal
Poetry in Conversation:
Sampurna Chattarji, Siobhan Hodge, Jeremy Balius, JP Quinton, Caitlin Maling, Lucy Dougan, Susan Bradley Smith, Amanda Joy