Today, 6 p.m.: Staged reading of "Clara's Quilt," a play by April A. Jones performed by Company A. Buffalo East, 1410 Main St. Free.
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: The Screening Room Series reading featuring poets Kenneth Feltges, Richard Olson and Blue Wojciechowski. Additional reading slots available. Northtown Plaza Business Center, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. $2.
Thursday, 4 p.m.: Reading by Jeremiah Rush Bowen, author of "Consolations," winner of the 2011 Outriders Poetry Project competition. The Poetry Collection, 420 Capen Hall, University at Buffalo North Campus, Amherst.
Thursday, 5 p.m.: Reading by Canadian poet, essayist and editor Gregg Betts. He currently lives in St. Catharines, Ont., where he teaches Canadian literature at Brock University, and is the author of four books of poetry: "If Language" (BookThug 2005), "Haikube" (BookThug 2006), "The Others Raisd in Me" (Pedlar Press 2009), and "Psychic Geographies and Other Topics" (Quattro Press 2010). Dresser Auditorium, St. Bonaventure University, 3261 W. State Road, Olean.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Canisius College Contemporary Writers Series presents a reading by Irish poet Bernard O'Donoghue, author of five collections of poetry, including "Gunpowder" (Chatto & Windus, 1995) winner of the Whitbread Award for Poetry. A native of Cullen, County Cork, he holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Lincoln College, Oxford, and is currently a Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford, where he teaches medieval literature. His most recent books include "Selected Poems" (Faber and Faber, 2008) and "Farmers Cross" (Faber and Faber, 2011). Montante Cultural Center, 2021 Main St.
Friday, 1 p.m.: University at Buffalo's Electronic Poetry Center presents "On Creeley": Conversations and readings with poets Susan Howe and Charles Bernstein on Robert Creeley (1926-2005), their former colleague and co-founder of the UB Poetics Program. Poetry Collection, 420 Capen Hall, UB North Campus, Amherst.
Friday, 7:30 p.m.: UB Poetics at Two Decades: A Roundtable Discussion and Poetry Reading featuring program co-founders Susan Howe and Charles Bernstein. Howe, a poet, scholar, essayist and critic who taught at UB from 1989 until her retirement in 2006, was awarded the 2011 Bollingen Prize for lifetime achievement in American Poetry by Yale University. The most recent of her more than 20 books is "THAT THIS" (New Directions Press, 2010). Bernstein, the David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters at UB from 1989 to 2003, is currently the Donald T. Regan Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is co-founder of the poetry audio archive PennSound. Like Howe, a principal figure in what came to be known as "language-centered" writing, he is the author of more than 25 books of poetry, criticism, literary theory and scholarship, most recently the volumes "All the Whiskey in Heaven" (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2010) and "Attack of the Difficult Poems" (University of Chicago Press, 2011). Western New York Book Arts Collaborative, 468 Washington St.
Saturday, 5 p.m.: Book talk and signing with Stephen Hren, author of "Tales from the Sustainable Underground: A Wild Journey with People Who Care More About the Planet than the Law." (New Society Publishers, 2011). Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.