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Michael Warr

Born: 1956 in Baton Rouge, Louisisana
Pen Name: None

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

Biography: Michael Warr is an editor, arts consultant, 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. Michael is a former Deputy Director of the Museum of the African Diaspora. 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.

  • 2020 Berkeley Poetry Festival Lifetime Achievement Award; San Francisco Library Laureates; NEA Fellowship; Black Caucus of the American Library Association; Gwendolyn Brooks Significant Illinois Poets Award; Creative Work Fund Award; NEA Creative Writing Fellowship; Gwendolyn Brooks Significant Illinois Poets Award

Primary Literary Genre(s): Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

The Armageddon of funk /
ISBN: 1882688422 OCLC: 724662903

Tía Chucha Press ; Los Angeles [i.e. San Fernando, CA] : ©2011.


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

Tia Chucha Press ; Chicago : 1991.

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.