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THE SEPTEMBER CALENDAR

Today, 7 p.m.: Open reading featuring Margaret Cusack and Dianne Gilleece. Ten sign-up slots available for anyone wishing to share work with an audience. Sponsor: Just Buffalo Literary Center; Borders Books, 2015 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Free.

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Open reading featuring John Christopher and R. Jay Morrisroe. Ten sign-up slots available for anyone wishing to share work with an audience. Sponsor: Just Buffalo; Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. Free.

Friday, 7 to 9 p.m.: "A Harvest of Tales," a Spin-a-Story Tellers program featuring Pat Feidner and Craig Werner. Storytelling workshop begins at 7, performance is at 8. Central Presbyterian Church (corner Main Street and Jewett Parkway). Free, donations accepted.

Sept. 12, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.: "Voices and Videos," open reading featuring poet/photographer Paula Wachowiak, video artist/composer William Kothe, poet Celeste Lawson with SAGE, and video artist J.P. Weiksnar. Sign-up reading slots available. The Screening Room, 3131 Sheridan Drive (Century Mall). Free.

Sept. 15, 4 p.m.: Poetry reading by Bill Griffiths. Griffiths' books include "Tract Against the Giants: Selected Poems" (Coach House Press, 1984) and "Nomad Sense" (Talus, 1998). He is also a noted translator of Old English verse. Sponsors: Poetry Society of America and the Wednesdays at 4 Plus Series; Center for the Arts Screening Room, University at Buffalo North Campus. Free.

Sept. 16, 12:30 p.m.: "Translation: Centralized Collection or Invigorating Dispersal," a talk by poet/translator Bill Griffiths. Sponsor: Poetry Society of America and Wednesdays at 4 Plus Series; 438 Clemens Hall, UB North Campus. Free.

Sept. 16, 7 p.m.: Meeting of Northside Writers, an ongoing group that provides critique and support of published and unpublished authors of all genres. Borders Books, 2015 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Call 839-3112.

Sept. 17, 8 p.m.: Reading by novelist Lauren Belfer. An area native who attended Buffalo Seminary, Belfer is the author of the acclaimed "City of Light," a novel set in turn-of-the-century Buffalo. Sponsor: Just Buffalo and Talking Leaves Books; Allen Hall, UB South Campus. Free.

Sept. 17, 8 p.m.: Reading by Susan Howe from her new book, "Pierce Arrow," published by New Directions Press. Howe is professor of English and a core faculty member in UB's Poetics Program. Book release party will follow the reading. Wednesdays at 4 Plus Series; Cornershop, 82 Lafayette Ave., Buffalo. Free.

Sept. 18, 1 p.m.: Poetry reading by Livio Farallo and Dan Sicoli, co-editors of the Niagara Falls-based Slipstream Magazine and Press, in conjunction with the release of Slipstream No. 19. The Loft (above the Book Corner), 1801 Main St., Niagara Falls. Free.

Sept. 18, 3 to 5 p.m.: "Writing in the Natural World," an outdoor workshop with Ken Gibson. Saturdays through Oct. 23. Sponsor: Just Buffalo. Various locations announced with registration. $85 to $105. Call 832-5400 to register.

Sept. 19, noon to 4 p.m.: "Extreme Writing," a new, adventure-based writers workshop led by instructor Ken Gibson. Sundays through Oct. 10. Sponsor: Just Buffalo. Various locations announced with registration. $160 to $180. Call 832-5400.

Sept. 19, 2 p.m: Reading by author Ishmael Reed. Reed, a Buffalo native, is a leading novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, publisher and radio and TV commentator. His books, which include "Flight to Canada," "Mumbo Jumbo" and "Japanese by Spring," have been nominated twice for the National Book Award and once for the Pulitzer Prize. Sponsors: Buffalo Challenger, Just Buffalo and the Langston Hughes Center; 25 High St. $3 to $5.

Sept. 19, 7 p.m.: Open reading featuring George Grace and Celeste Lawson. Ten sign-up slots available for anyone wishing to share work with an audience. Sponsor: Just Buffalo; Spot Coffee, 227 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. Free.

Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m.: UB English professor and noted Twain scholar Victor Doyno will speak on "Mark Twain at the Buffalo Express," a new collection of Twain's Buffalo writings. Borders Books, 2015 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Free.

Sept. 23, 8 p.m.: Reading by acclaimed novelist Mary Gordon. Among Gordon's best-known works are the novels "Final Payments," "The Company of Women" and "Spending" as well as "The Shadow Man," a memoir about her father. Sponsor: Canisius College Contemporary Writers Series; Grupp Fireside Lounge, Canisius College, 2001 Main St. Free.

Sept. 24, 8 p.m.: "The Art of Movement . . . as It Relates to Love," an interdisciplinary program featuring poetry by Patrice Cathey, Al Tinney on keyboards, Rodney Appleby on bass and a troupe of dancers. Sponsor: Just Buffalo; Langston Hughes Center, 25 High St. Free.

Sept. 28, 3:30 p.m: "Lyric and the Fate of the Senses," a lecture by University of Pennsylvania poet-critic Susan Stewart. Wednesdays at 4 Plus Series; 438 Clemens Hall, UB North Campus. Free.

Sept. 29, 4 p.m.: Poetry reading by Susan Stewart. Stewart's books include "On Longing and Crimes of Writing" and more recently "The Forest," a collection of poems published by the University of Chicago Press. Wednesdays at 4 Plus Series; Center for the Arts Screening Room, UB North Campus. Free.

Oct. 1, 7 p.m: Reading by Joyce Carol Oates. Oates, a Lockport native, is one of America's most prolific and highly regarded writers. Her most recent novel, "Broke Heart Blues," is set in a fictionalized small town in Western New York. Sponsors: Canisius College, Just Buffalo and the UB English department; Grupp Student Lounge, Canisius College, 2001 Main St. $3 to $5.

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