Robert Pinsky, America's pre-eminent man of letters, is headed to Chattanooga

IF YOU GOWho: Robert PinskyWhat: Public lecture, "The Value of the Arts and Humanities in Education and Society," sponsored by the University of Tennessee and the Benwood FoundationWhen: Tuesday at 7 p.m.Where: Roland Hayes Auditorium of the UTC Fine Arts BuildingCost: Free

Poet, translator, critic: these are Robert Pinsky's day jobs. After hours, he dabbles: as Slate columnist, professor, poet laureate. And even that's just for starters.

As poet laureate, Pinsky founded the wildly popular Favorite Poem Project; on television, he appears frequently on serious shows such as PBS's "NewsHour" but also has turned up on "The Simpsons" and "The Colbert Report"; and as a musician, he performs with jazz bands, recently wrote the libretto for an opera and shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen.