Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: "Five Ladies," a Just Buffalo Literary Cafe poetry and prose reading featuring Martha Deed, Marge Merrill, Lynn Ciesilski, Jane Sadowsky and Lisa Wiley. Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Northside Writers Group. Meets the first and third Thursday of each month. Crossroads Lutheran Church, 4640 Main St., Amherst. Call 348-8772 for information.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Spit at Spot Coffee, ongoing weekly open reading/spoken word performance series hosted by Brown Sugar. Spot Coffee, 227 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.
Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m.: The Screening Room Series reading featuring poet and spoken word artist Marek Parker, plus a video by William Kothe. Open reading slots available. Northtown Plaza Business Center, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.