Alonside Urmy's pursuit and study of the craft of songwriting, and his ventures in the technology sector, he has spent most of his life studying poetry. He received his MFA in poetry from Spalding University in Louisville, KY in 2008, and has published two collections of his work: Ghosts In A House (2007, Finishing Line Press), and The Rain In The Bell (2015, Iris Press).
Director of the Creative Writing Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Marilyn Kallet says:
"Each of Matt Urmy’s poems is a quiet revelation. I won’t say “breathtaking,” since the reader’s experience of these poems is to gain new air. This is the book I was waiting for, though I didn’t know it. Reading these poems that are rhythmically sure, understated and wise, I feel restored––and I didn’t realize that I was fragmented. Spiritual and physical, the poet’s language is that of a musician, father, and visionary. He doesn’t preach, though. Matt Urmy sings mysteries without trying to explain, celebrating the astonishment that poetry patiently builds."
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