PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University’s Visual, Performing and Literary Arts Committee continues its exploration of “The Art of Love” when poet Aliki Barnstone comes to campus Oct. 7.

Barnstone will give a poetry reading from two of her published works, “Madly in Love” and “Wild With It,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Samuel H. Smith Center for Undergraduate Education, Room 203. The event is free and open to the public.

Barnstone’s poems often share family stories and revelations of personal loss. While they have been described as “freighted with longing and doubt,” humor and the will to love are also present. Poet Robert Pinsky has praised her for the pleasure, wonder, anger, and moral passion she expresses, as well as “… the imagination that can write a poem called ‘Love Poem’ and make it fresh …”

The author of four books of poetry, her first volume, “The Real Tin Flower: Poems About the World at Nine,” was published when she was only 12. Another collection, “Madly in Love,” was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications including “Poetry,” “New Letters,” and “The New York Times.”

Barnstone received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brown University and earned a doctorate degree at University of California, Berkeley. She is the editor of several anthologies of women’s poetry and authored a study of the work of Emily Dickinson. She teaches in the International Master of Fine Arts Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

For more information about the event, contact Marty Mullen at (509) 335-2313 or mullen@wsu.edu. Visit VPLAC’s Web site at cub.wsu.edu/VPLAC.