He has taught English at two high schools and five colleges; since 1996 he has taught at Ohio University in the creative writing program. His books of poems are: Little Star (William Morrow, 1987, a National Poetry Series selection), Tasker Street (University of Massachusetts Press, 1992, winner of the Juniper Prize), Selfwolf (University of Chicago Press, 1999), and Jab (University of Chicago Press, 2002). His book on Wallace Stevens, Stevens and the Interpersonal, was published by Princeton University Press in 1991. Also in 1991 Johns Hopkins University Press published The Sighted Singer, a book on poetics co-authored by Allen Grossman and Halliday. Halliday has published essays on the poetry of Claire Bateman, Anne Carson, Joshua Clover, Carl Dennis, Wayne Dodd, Kenneth Fearing, Allen Grossman, August Kleinzahler, David Kirby, Kenneth Koch, Michael Laskey, Larry Levis, Mary Ruefle, Stevie Smith, and James Tate. In 1998-2000 Halliday held a Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Foundation Writer’s Award. In 2001-2002 Halliday lived at the American Academy in Rome as a winner of the Rome Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2006 he won a Guggenheim Fellowship.