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Michael S. Harper

AKA Michael Steven Harper

Born: 18-Mar-1938
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Poet

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Nightmare Begins Responsibility

Poet Laureate of Rhode Island, 1988-93.

Father: Walter Warren Harper (postal worker)
Mother: Katherine Johnson (stenographer)
Wife: Shirley ("Shirl")

    High School: Dorsey High School, Los Angeles, CA
    University: Los Angeles City College
    University: BA, California State University Los Angeles
    University: MA, California State University Los Angeles
    University: MFA, University of Iowa
    Teacher: Pasadena City College (1962)
    Teacher: Contra Costa College (1964-68)
    Teacher: California State University Los Angeles (1968-69)
    Professor: English, Brown University (1970-)

    Guggenheim Fellowship 1976

Author of books:
Dear John, Dear Coltrane (1970, poetry)
History Is Your Own Heartbeat (1971, poetry)
Song: I Want a Witness (1972, poetry)
Nightmare Begins Responsibility (1974, poetry)
Images of Kin (1977, poetry)
Rhode Island (1981, poetry)
Healing Song for the Inner Ear (1985, poetry)
Honorable Amendments (1995, poetry)
Songlines in Michaeltree (2000, poetry)

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