Michael Steven Harper (born March 18, 1938) is an American poet from Brooklyn who has published ten books of poetry. He earned his B.A. and M.A. from what is now called California State University, and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. Two of his collections, "Dear John, Dear Coltrane", from 1970, and "Images of Kin", from 1977, have been nominated for the National Book Award. A great deal of his poetry is influenced by jazz and history. In fact, many of his poems have been included as important examples of African American literature and jazz poetry in various anthologies.