Prominent poet, songwriter and musician RB Morris, Knoxville’s first Poet Laureate, will speak at the March 2, 2017 meeting of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild.
“I’ll be talking about poetry and songwriting, and some of the current projects I’m involved in as Poet Laureate, perhaps sing a song or two and read a few poems,” Morris said. He’ll also field questions about his creative process as writer in multiple art forms.
The public is invited to the program, which will be at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Central United Methodist Church, 201 East Third Avenue, where you will find a large, free parking lot. Admission is a suggested $2.
Morris has been a driving artistic force in Knoxville, reflecting the city in his poetry and music. He wrote and acted in “The Man Who Lives Here is Looney,” a one-man play taken from the life and work of James Agee. He was instrumental in the founding of a park in Fort Sanders dedicated to Agee.
Morris’s published books of poetry include “Early Fires” (Iris Press), “Keeping the Bees Employed” and “The Mockingbird Poems” (Rich Mountain Bound). His music albums include “Spies Lies and Burning Eyes” and his most recent solo project, “Rich Mountain Bound.”
R B Morris served as the Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the University of Tennessee 2004-2008. He was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame in 2009.