Michael Warr is author of The Armageddon of Funk, We Are All The Black Boy, and co-editor of Power Lines: A Decade of Poetry From Chicago’s Guild Complex, all from Tia Chucha Press. His literary awards include the Gwendolyn Brooks Significant Illinois Poets Award, a National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, and most recently the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature, and 2012 Poetry Honor Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.
Warr’s most recent book, The Armageddon of Funk, has been called “…a poetic soundtrack to Black life.” A review in The Crisis Magazine, which was founded by W.E.B. DuBois, noted “There is resonance in Warr’s work that…deserves our attention.” A frequent collaborator with musicians, visual and performing artists, Michael’s poems have been dramatized on stage, depicted on canvas, and set to original music composition. His blog posts, links to recordings and videos, samples of what he calls “Poetic Memoir,” can be found at Armageddonoffunk.com.