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Poetry and Literature Calendar for Aug. 7-13

Thursday, 7 p.m.: Reading, discussion and book signing with journalist Dan Zak and sociologist Lindsey Freeman. Zak, a Buffalo native and Washington Post features reporter is the author of “Almighty: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age” (Blue Rider Press, 2016), a meticulously researched and well-paced account of a 2012 activist incident at the Y-12 National Security Complex at Oak Ridge, Tenn. (“the Fort Knox of Uranium”). Freeman is an assistant professor at SUNY Buffalo State and author of “Longing for the Bomb: Oak Ridge and Atomic Nostalgia” (University of North Carolina Press, 2015), both a poetic and scholarly look at the history of the community of Oak Ridge, where her grandparents worked and where she spent time as a child, its place in U.S. history, the popular culture surrounding the development of the Manhattan Project, and the legacy of American nuclear weaponry in the 21st century. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.

Saturday, 7 p.m.: Silo City Reading Series featuring poets Ocean Vuong and Sherry Robbins, music by Space Cubs (musician/producer Suzanne Bonifacio), and an audio-visual installation by Projex (media artist Keith Harrington). Vuong, who was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and now lives in New York City, is the author of the much-praised, first full-length collection “Night Sky With Exit Wounds” (Copper Canyon Press, 2016) and the chapbooks: “No” (YesYes Books, 2013) and “Burnings” (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2010). A 2016 Whiting Award winner, and a 2014 Ruth Lilly fellow, he has received honors and awards from Poets House, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, the Academy of American Poets (which awarded him the 2012 Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets), and a 2014 Pushcart Prize. Robbins, the New York State Teaching Artist of the Year in 2005, and a Just Buffalo Literary Center Legacy Award winner in 2012, has a master’s degree in the poetics of ecstasy and is the author of two collections of poetry, “Snapshots of Paradise” (1982) and “or, the Whale” (BlazeVox Books, 2010), which closely follows the ideas and structure of Melville’s “Moby Dick” from a feminist perspective. She ran her own letterpress for years, is a certified yoga teacher and a multiyear panelist for the NEA’s Art Works program. Marine A Elevator, Silo City Row, Ohio and Childs streets.

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