A reading by Yaddo author Michael S. Harper - hailed by critics as a distinctive and powerful presence in contemporary American poetry - is now available online; click here to watch the recent webcast.
Mr. Harper's first poetry collection, Dear John, Dear Coltrane - a celebration of the eminence of African-American jazz and blues artists published in 1970 - was based partly on his friendship with the musician and was nominated for the National Book Award. His most recent book is Songlines in Michaeltree: New and Collected Poems (University of Illinois Press, 2000). His other volumes of poetry include History is Your Own Heartbeat (1971), Song: I Want a Witness (1972), Debridement (1973), Nightmare Begins Responsibility (1975), Images of Kin: New and Selected Poems (1978) - also nominated for the National Book Award, Healing Songs for the Inner Ear (1985), and Honorable Amendments (1995).
Mr. Harper was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1995. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island, where he is a professor of English at Brown University. Mr. Harper is a longtime member of The Corporation of Yaddo who last was a guest artist at Yaddo this past summer.