Noted poet Nikki Giovanni will read from her works and discuss human rights and education  at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in the ballroom of the Arkansas Union at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. No tickets are required to this free event, open to the public, but seating is limited.

Full details are in the UA press release.

Giovanni grew up in Cincinnati and first came to national prominence in the late 1960s with the publication of her first books of poetry, Black Feeling, Black Talk and Black Judgment. She has published 30 books so far in her career, including poetry, essay collections and children’s books.

In 1987 Giovanni began teaching writing and literature at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where she is now a distinguished professor of English. Giovanni received national attention as she sought to comfort and rally her students and colleagues after the 2007 massacre on the Blacksburg campus.