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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michael Warr  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1956 in Baton Rouge, Louisisana

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Illinois Connection

Warr moved to Chicago after graduating from high school and lived there many years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Michael Warr is a poet. He is author of ''We Are All the Black Boy'' and ''The Armageddon of Funk''. He is also co-editor of ''Powerlines - A Decade of Poetry from Chicago’s Guild Complex''. You can also find his work in ''Dream of a Word'' - The Tia Chucha Press Poetry Anthology. His poetry has been widely anthologized and he has recited his work at venues as diverse as the Universitie de Paris and Chicago’s Green Mill LoungeA performing and collaborative poet, Warr's poems have been dramatized on stage, depicted on canvas, and set to original music compositions. He is the recipient of many honors and awards including the Gwendolyn Brooks Significant Illinois Poets Award and an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship for Poetry. He is principal at Warr Consulting and currently resides in San Francisco, California.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

We Are All the Black Boy (Jossey-Bass Management)
ISBN: 096242871X

Tia Chucha. 1990

We Are All the Black Boy is a searing work of our time. Full of venom, full of hope, it is an evocative wordscape, tearing down barriers and probing the humanity in each of us. No holds barred poetry. A full appetite of insatiable truth.

The Armageddon of Funk
ISBN: 1882688422

Tia Chucha. 2011

Tracking a nonlinear trek across terrain as distinct as Timbuktu and Baton Rouge, and beliefs as “contrary” as Christianity and Communism, in The Armageddon of Funk Michael Warr manages to interconnect a world of opposites. Via “poetic memoir” we join his navigation through the “apolitical,” rigid morality of the Jehovah’s Witnesses the revolutionary theories and free love of Black Panthers and Marxists the promise of a bourgeois future from bank executives a screaming soldier brandishing an AK-47 in his face, a blizzard of white termite wings an interrogation under Haile Selassie’s Jubilee Palace hallucinating of “of cornbread islands” at Chicago’s “Velvet Lounge,” and many “Street Signs, Convolutions, and other California Coincidences” as one poem is titled in this second collection. Warr’s poetry, like his life, is full of interruptions and circularity that captures the broad sweep of the times and microscopic idiosyncrasies of the moment.


Michael Warr's awards for poetry include a NEA Creative Writing Fellowship and Gwendolyn Brooks Significant Illinois Poets Award.

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