RB Morris will read his poetry at UT’s Writers in the Library Monday, March 3rd at 7 pm in the John C. Hodges Library Auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public.
RB Morris is a poet, singer, songwriter, musician, playwright, and actor. Lucinda Williams has called him “the greatest unknown songwriter in the country.” And Steve Earle says “RB Morris is the reason I started writing poetry.” Morris hails from Knoxville, Tennessee and has traveled the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and in Europe. In the 1980s he edited an arts and literary tabloid, Hard Knoxville Review, which attracted a following in this country and in Europe. He is the author of the poetry collections The Mockingbird Poems, Early Fires, Littoral Zone, and The Man Upstairs. He wrote and acted in The Man Who Lives Here Is Loony, a one-man play taken from the life and work of writer James Agee.
He has more recently been a recording artist. His CDs include Take That Ride, Zeke and the Wheel, Empire, and Spies Lies and Burning Eyes. Many music journalists and magazines across the country reviewed Take That Ride as one of the Top 10 CDs of the year. Dave Marsh, of Rolling Stone, called it, “The kind of debut that makes you lust for a follow-up.” Zeke and the Wheel on Koch Records, followed in 1999, was nominated for Americana CD of the Year by the American Federation of Independent Merchandisers.
Morris served as the UT Libraries’ Writer-in-Residence, 2004-2008, and was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame in 2009.
Writers in the Library is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (email@example.com).
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