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RB Morris
RB Morris

UT leads off a semester-long celebration of poetry with readings and music by RB Morris and Matt Urmy at 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 25. The event is part of the university’s Writers in the Library readings series.

All Writers in the Library events, free and open to the public, are held in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of UT’s John C. Hodges Library, 1015 Volunteer Blvd.

Matt Urmy is both a poet and musician. His most recent book of poems, The Rain in the Bell, was published by Iris Press in 2015. His new album was recorded with the late Nashville legend “Cowboy” Jack Clement. Urmy is also a successful entrepreneur, one of the founders of Artist Growth, a cloud-based management platform for the independent music industry.

RB Morris is a poet, songwriter, performer, band leader, playwright and actor from Knoxville. His newest book is Who Is This Man? Ali Akbar aka Horace Pittman and his most recent book of poetry is The Mockingbird Poems. Morris wrote and acted in The Man Who Lives Here Is Looney, from the life and work of James Agee.

Books and CDs will be on sale at the event.

The slate of spring poetry readings also includes poets Kenneth Pobo, William Wright, Cameron Conaway, Marilyn Hacker, Nikky Finney, Adam Day and Leslie LaChance.

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. Finney’s visit is co-sponsored by UT’s Africana Studies and American Studies programs, Department of Geography, Haines-Morris Fund, Office of Multicultural Student Life, and Ready for the World initiative.


Martha Rudolph (865-974-4273,