R.B. Morris

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RB Morris is a poet and songwriter, solo performer and band leader, and playwright and actor from Knoxville, Tennessee. His published books of poetry include Early Fires (Iris Press), Keeping the Bees Employed and The Mockingbird Poems, and his poetry and prose tribute to the late Knoxville artist Ali Akbar, Who Is This Man? Ali Akbar aka Horace Pittman. His music albums include Take That Ride (Oh Boy Records) and Zeke and the Wheel. He wrote and acted in The Man Who Lives Here Is Loony, a one-man play taken from the life and work of James Agee, and was instrumental in founding a park dedicated to Agee in Knoxville. Morris served as the Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the University of Tennessee from 2004-2008, and was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2016 Morris was named Knoxville’s first Poet Laureate. He lives in Knoxville with his wife and daughter.