Wednesday, 5:45 P.M.: Larkin Square Author Series book talk and book signing by noted American nonfiction author Verlyn Klinkenborg, featuring an introduction by Buffalo native and novelist Lauren Belfer, who also will moderate the question-and-answer session. Klinkenborg is the author of “Making Hay” (1986), “Rural Life” (2004) and “More Scenes from the Rural Life” (Princeton Architectural Press), “Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile”(2007) and “The Last Fine Time” (University of Chicago Press, 2004), a book that chronicled and elegized the social history of a post-World War II family-owned restaurant on Buffalo’s East Side, celebrating both the generation that ran it and the neighborhood in which it once thrived. The Filling Station at Larkin Square, 745 Seneca St.
Wednesday, 7:30 P.M.: Just Buffalo Literary Café featuring poets Susan Dworski Nussbaum, Jose Vega and Lynn Ciesielski. Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.
Friday, 8 p.m.: A Welcome Back Reading, belated birthday celebration and book launch at the new Rust Belt Books featuring poets Barbara Cole, David Hadbawnik and Kevin Thurston. Cole is the artistic director of Just Buffalo Literary Center and a 2011 Fellow in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She received her master’s degree in creative writing – poetry from Temple University and her doctorate in English from the University at Buffalo where she worked closely with Charles Bernstein and Susan Howe. Since 2000, she has been writing the ongoing long poem project affectionately known as “Foxy Moron.” Previous chapbooks include “situation comedies” (handwritten press, 2002); “foxy moron” (/ubu editions, 2004) and “ear say” (Belladonna Press, 2008). With Sarah Bay-Cheng, she edited “Poets at Play: An Anthology of Modernist Drama” (Susquehanna University Press, 2010). Hadbawnik’s translation of books 1-6 of the Aeneid is forthcoming from Shearsman Books in 2015. Books 1-4 were published as chapbooks from Little Red Leaves. In 2012, he edited Thomas Meyer’s “Beowulf” (Punctum Books), and in 2011 he co-edited selections from Jack Spicer’s “Beowulf” for CUNY’s Lost and Found Document Series. Other publications include “Field Work” (BlazeVOX, 2011), “Translations From Creeley” (Sardines, 2008), “Ovid in Exile” (Interbirth, 2007), and “SF Spleen” (Skanky Possum, 2006). He is the editor and publisher of Habenicht Press and the journal kadar koli, and a co-editor of eth press, which focuses on creative interactions with medieval texts. This past week, he successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation in English at UB. Thurston, a widely published poet and co-founder of the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair, recently returned to Buffalo (and poetry) after an absence of nearly seven years, and celebrated a milestone birthday. Rust Belt Books, 415 Grant St.
Friday, 8 p.m.: “A Musical Feast” series concert dedicated to, and inspired by, the memory of poet Robert Creeley. The program includes a recording of Creeley reading several of his best-known poems, as well as “So Quiet Here,” an electronically enhanced work by UB composer David Felder that incorporates the voice of Creeley reading several of his other poems, including the subtly lyrical “Buffalo Evening.” Kaplan Harris, who co-edited “The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley,” will introduce the concert. M&T Second Friday at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave. $20, $10 for members.