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Award-winning poet Michael S. Harper has published more than ten books of poetry including "Dear John, Dear Coltrane," "Healing Song for the Inner Ear," "Honorable Amendments," and "Songlines in Michaeltree: New and Collected Poems "(University of Illinois Press, 2000; trade paper 2002). He is Poet Laureate Emeritus of Rhode Island and been honored with the Frost Medal for Lifetime Achievement of the Poetry Society of America, the Melville-Cane Award, the Black Academy of Arts and Letters Award, and the Robert Hayden Poetry Award, among others. He is university professor and professor of English at Brown University and lives in Barrington, R.I.