Wednesday, 7 p.m.: “Buffalo Niagara – How Are We Really Doing?” – a conversation between Lawrence Brooks, author of “Buffalo Niagara: Diagnosis and Prescription” (RPSS Publishing, 2015) and Buffalo News reporter Mark Sommer. Brooks, a lifelong Western New Yorker who worked in industrial construction for more than three decades, is the former Watershed Restoration project manager for Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, and president of the board of the Western New York Land Conservancy. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.
Wednesday, 7:30 P.M.: The Screening Room Reading Series featuring poets Deedee Clohessy and Dana Ingrebretson. Additional reading slots available. Northtown Plaza Business Center, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. $2.
Thursday, 7:30 P.M.: Wordflight at Red Doors Series reading featuring poets Martha Deed and Lisa Wiley. Stowell Lounge, Parkside Lutheran Church, 2 Wallace Ave. $5.
Friday, 8 p.m.: Just Buffalo Studio Series reading featuring poets Ara Shirinyan and Sandy Pool. Shirinyan, who was born in 1977 in the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic, now lives in Los Angeles, where he edits Make Now Press, co-founded the Smell, an all-ages music venue, and was until recently one of the co-directors of the Poetic Research Bureau. His books include “Syria Is in the World” (Palm Press, 2007), “Your Country Is Great [Afghanistan-Guyana]” (Futurepoem, 2008), “Handsome Fish Offices” (Insert Press, 2008), and the forthcoming “Your Country Is Great [H-N]” (Futurepoem). Pool is a Toronto-based poet, writer, editor and classically trained theater artist. Her books include “Exploding into Night” (Guernica Editions, 2009) and “Undark: An Oratorio” (Nightwood Editions, 2012). She is currently visiting assistant professor of English/creative writing at St. Bonaventure University. Just Buffalo Writing Center, second floor, 468 Washington St. (at Mohawk Street).
Saturday, 5 p.m.: Poetry reading by actress, author, poet and film director Amber Tamblyn. She is the author of poetry collections, including “Free Stallion” (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2005), “Bang Ditto” (Manic D Press, 2009) and “Dark Sparkler” ( Harper Perrenial, 2015), a book (with portrait art by director David Lynch and musician Marilyn Manson) that explores and eulogizes the lives of more than 25 American actresses who died young. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.