The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art presents Ekphrastic Southbound, a reading by poetry students studying with Nikky Finney at the University of South Carolina, October 27 at 2 p.m. The group will read ekphrastic poems inspired by photographs included in the exhibition Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South. Nikky Finney, Professor of Creative Writing and Southern Letters at the University of South Carolina and 2011 winner of the National Book Award for Poetry, contributed four new poems to the Southbound catalogue. She will read her work in a separate event, An Evening with Nikky Finney, on February 12. Free.