Michael E. Poole is a native of North Carolina, lives in Chapel Hill, N.C., and is a recently-retired Physician Associate. As an autoharp player, he is self-taught in both the chromatic and diatonic styles but was mentored by many wonderful players. His autoharp experience began with playing on the street and then, in 2000, he began competing at local festivals, such as Fiddlers’ Grove, Mt. Airy, and Historic Happy Valley. He has attended MLAG since 2005 and participates in the competition each year. Michael is the 2018 MLAG Champion. At the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, he placed third in the 2017 International Autoharp Competition. His playing style is appreciated for its flowing diatonic arrangements, open note accuracy, musicality, and expression. In 2013, he was awarded the Cohen/Grappel Recording Endowment grant and recorded his CD, Beneath Still Waters. In 2018, he accepted the position of registrar for MLAG. He is a founding member of the Triangle Autoharp Circle based in the Raleigh area and has taught private students for ten years.