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General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Poetry

Born: 1956 in Baton Rouge, Louisisana


Illinois Connection

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.

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