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Conference Poet Laureate

R.B. Morris

Various Conference poetry readings

Performance with the Lonesome Coyotes:

Printmaker's Ball, Saturday, March 21, Knoxville Convention Center, Ballroom D-C-E, 8:00pm

Image: RB Morris performs at Sheep Barn. Groningen, Holland Photo by Karly Stribling.

Knoxville poet, musician, playwright and actor R. B. Morris will serve as the Sphere Conference Poet Laureate. In this capacity, Morris will provide readings of poems throughout the conference, and will perform with the Lonesome Coyotes at the Printmaker’s Ball on Saturday March 21st. A native of Knoxville, RB Morris has published books of poetry, including EARLY FIRES (Iris Press) and KEEPING THE BEES EMPLOYED, and THE MOCKINGBIRD POEMS (Rich Mountain Bound), and music albums including SPIES LIES AND BURNING EYES and his most recent solo project RICH MOUNTAIN BOUND. 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.