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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michael Warr  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1956 in Baton Rouge, Louisisana

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

Biographical and Professional Information

Michael Warr is a performing and collaborative poet. His 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 lives in San Francisco, California.

Along with the books listed below, he is also the editor of, Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin, and the co-editor of, Power Lines: A Decade of Poetry from Chicago’s Guild Complex.


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

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Selected Titles At Your Library

The Armageddon of funk /
ISBN: 1882688422. OCLC Number: 724662903

Tía Chucha Press ;. .

Using "poetic memoir," the author navigates through the apolitical, rigid morality of the Jehovah{u2019}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.

We are all the Black boy /
ISBN: 096242871X. OCLC Number: 23082857

Tia Chucha Press ;. .

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.