Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Just Buffalo Open Reading hosted by Livio Farallo. Ten reading slots available. Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St., North Tonawanda. Free.
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Earth's Daughters Gray Hair Reading Series featuring poets Sherry Robbins and Bill Sylvester. Robbins is the co-founder of Weird Sisters Press and author of the collections "Snapshots of Paradise" and "Or, the Whale." She was named New York State Teaching Artist of the Year in 2005. Sylvester is professor emeritus of English at the University at Buffalo and the author of more than a dozen books of poetry and criticism including "Curses, Omens, Prayers" and "War & Lechery -- The Poem" (1995). Hallwalls Cinema at The Church, 341 Delaware Ave. (at Tupper). Free.
Friday, 7:30 p.m.: "Family Stories, Grins, Giggles & Laughs," a Spin-a-Story Tellers program featuring Tom Burger and Lorna Czarnota. Storytelling workshop at 6:30 p.m. All ages welcome. Holy Spirit Catholic Church/School, 85 Dakota Ave., Buffalo. Free; donations accepted.
Jan. 14, 2 p.m.: The Screening Room Reading Series featuring poets Martha Deed and Richard Olson plus a video by William Kothe. Additional reading slots available. Northtown Plaza Business Center, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Free.
Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m.: The Screening Room Reading Series featuring writer Michele Tucker. Additional reading slots available. Northtown Plaza Business Center, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. $2.
Jan. 21, 7 p.m.: Just Buffalo Open Reading featuring Amanda Mulrain and Samuel Floyd. Additional reading slots available. Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St., Buffalo. Free.
Jan. 26, 8 p.m.: Poetry reading featuring Ron Padgett and Kenward Elmslie, two "New York School" colleagues of Joe Brainard in conjunction with the exhibit "Joe Brainard, People of the World: Relax!!" at the University at Buffalo Art Gallery. Padgett's most recent collections include "You Never Know" (Coffeehouse Press, 2002), "Poems I Guess I Wrote" (2001) and "New & Selected Poems" (1995). Elmslie, whose collections of poems include "Motor Disturbance" (1971) and "Routine Disruption" (1998), is widely credited with bringing the sensibility of the New York School to the musical theater stage in his plays "City Junket" (1972) and "Postcards on Parade" (1993). Albright-Knox Art Gallery Auditorium, 1285 Elmwood Ave. Free.
Jan. 31, 4 p.m.: "Web 2.0 for Writers," a Rooftop Poetry Club emerging technologies workshop with Ken Fujiuchi. Room 314, Butler Library, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave. Free.