David Rocklin, Exit Poll

David Rocklin, Exit Poll

Is your work political?

Not overtly, though it tends to explore othered lives, outsider lives, and so in that way I suppose it can be see as political.

What is the place of literature in politics?

Front and center or on the margins, observing – it absolutely needs a seat at the table of those issues, and those who are appointed or who appoint themselves the ones to address the issues.

What is your favorite political work? 

In whatever medium, I am especially drawn to the works of those who came here from elsewhere and are reacting to what they see vs. what they hoped and wanted to see out of this country. In their disappointment, critiques and yet-glowing hopes, I see what I couldn’t put into words myself.

Do you feel voting is important?

It’s crucial.

What are your hopes for this election?

A return to some semblance of sanity and reason, and a step back in the direction of truth, science and facts.


David Rocklin is the author of two novels, “The Luminist” (2011, Hawthorne Books) and “The Night Language” (2017, Rare Bird Books, a Vireo Book), and the founder/host of a Los Angeles-based reading series, Roar Shack. He is at work on his third novel, “The Electric Love Song of Fleischl Berger.”


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