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THE OCTOBER CALENDAR

Today, 2 p.m.: Poetry readings by Lee Ann Brown and Susan Howe. Brown's first collection of poems, "Polyverse," won the New American Poetry Prize in 1996 and was recently published by Sun & Moon Press. Howe is a noted experimental poet, literary scholar and professor of English at the University at Buffalo. Her recent books include "Frame Structures: Early Poems, 1974-79." Sponsor: Just Buffalo Literary Center. Hallwalls, Tri-Main Center, Suite 425, 2495 Main St. $6/$5 students and seniors/$4 Just Buffalo and Hallwalls members.

Today, 7 p.m.: Open reading featuring anchor readers Bob Baxter and Mike Basinski. Ten sign-up slots available for anyone wishing to share their work with an audience. Sponsor: Just Buffalo. Borders Books, 2015 Walden Ave. Free.

Wednesday, 4 p.m.: Poetry reading by Jackson Mac Low in conjunction with UB's Mac Low 75th birthday celebration. Mac Low is one of this century's foremost literary innovators and performance poets. His books include "Representative Works: 1938-1985" and "Pieces o' Six: Thirty-three Poems in Prose." Wednesdays at 4 Plus Series. Center for the Arts Screening Room, UB North Campus. Free.

Thursday, 12:30 p.m.: "Intention/Non-intention/Chance/Choice/Other," a lecture by Jackson Mac Low. Wednesdays at 4 Plus. 438 Clemens Hall, UB North Campus. Free.

Friday, 7 to 10 p.m.: "The Old Coot: Stories From the American West" with storyteller Pat Feidner. Spin-a-Story Tellers workshop begins at 7, performance at 8, followed by open telling. Central Presbyterian Church, Jewett Parkway at Main Street, Buffalo. Free (donations accepted). Call 592-0402.

Oct. 14, 3:30 p.m.: "The Text of Shelley's Death," a lecture by British poet Alan Halsey. Wednesdays at 4 Plus. 436 Clemens Hall, UB North Campus. Free.

Oct. 15, 4 p.m.: Reading featuring British poets Geraldine Monk and Alan Halsey. Monk's books include "The Sway of Precious Demons: Selected Poems" and "Interregnum." Halsey's books include "Perspectives on the Reach" and "Five Years Out." Wednesdays at 4 Plus. Center for the Arts Screening Room, UB North Campus. Free.

Oct. 16, 7 p.m.: Meeting of Northside Writers, an ongoing group that provides critique and support of published and unpublished authors of all genres. Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 1089 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Call 839-3112.

Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: The Roycroft Wordsmiths 1997 Fall Writers Conference, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alison Lurie (whose novels include "Foreign Affairs"and "The War Between the Tates" and whose non-fiction titles include "Don't Tell the Grown-ups: Subversive Children's Literature" and "The Oxford Book of Fairy Tales") and Edward Hower, author of "The New Life Hotel," "Wolf Tickets" and "Night Train Blues." Roycroft Inn, 37 Grove St., East Aurora. Open to writers of all experience levels. $50, includes full day's program and lunch. Call 652-1893 or 652-2100 for information.

Oct. 19, 2 p.m.: Memorial Reading for Mac Hammond. Hammond, a much-admired poet ("Mappamundi: New and Selected Poems"), beloved teacher and longtime professor of English at UB, died on July 9 at age 71. The program will feature readings and remembrances by Ansie Baird, Tony Conrad, Albert Cook, Carl Dennis, Sherry Robbins, Bill Sylvester and Howard Wolf. Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave. Free.

Oct. 19, 7 p.m.: Open reading featuring anchor readers Shytika Milan and Frank Dunbar. Ten sign-up slots available for anyone wishing to share their work with an audience. Sponsor: Just Buffalo. Spot Coffee, 227 Delaware Ave. Free.

Oct. 20, 7 p.m.: Poetry reading by David Bromige, author of "Harbormaster of Hong Kong" (Sun & Moon Press) and a forthcoming collaborative novel, "Piccolo Mondo" (Coach House Books) written with George and Angela Bowering and Mike Matthews. Wednesdays at 4 Plus. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.

Oct. 21, 7 to 9 p.m.: "Desire by Design III -- Writing Erotica," a workshop instructed by novelist and fiction writer Gary Earl Ross. Four Tuesdays through Nov. 18. Ross, an associate professor in UB's Educational Opportunity Center, has published more than 40 short stories and recently completed "Flight of the Blackbird," a novel about African-Americans living in Buffalo at the time of the McKinley assassination. Sponsor: Just Buffalo. Bacon Hall, Room 202, Buffalo State College. $65/$55 Just Buffalo members.

Oct. 22, 4 p.m.: Reading by British poet and performance artist Caroline Bergvall. Bergvall is director of performance writing at Dartington College of the Arts in the United Kingdom. Her books include "Strange Passage" and "Eclat." Wednesdays at 4 Plus. Center for the Arts Screening Room, UB North Campus. Free.

Oct. 23, 12:30 p.m.: "Text, Layout and Memory," a lecture by Steve McCaffery. McCaffery is John Logan Poetics Program Fellow at UB and author of "The Cheat of Words" (poems) and "North of Intention" (essays). Wednesdays at 4 Plus. 435 Clemens Hall, UB North Campus. Free.

Oct. 23, 7 to 9 p.m.: "Finding a Muse: Explorations in Words," a workshop instructed by poet Linda Drajem. Six Thursdays through Dec. 4. Sponsor: Just Buffalo. Rockwell Hall, Room 202, Buffalo State College. $75/$65 Just Buffalo members.

Oct. 26, 2 p.m.: "Re: Wind & Fast 4-Ward," a poetry reading by Bernard Frank. Frank teaches comparative literature and creative writing at Buffalo State College and is translator and editor of the Iowa Translation Series' "Modern Hebrew Poetry," "Offering: Selected Poems of Rilke and Verlaine," Rilke's "Duino Elegies" and the Israel issue (spring 1996) of the International Poetry Review. His own collections of poetry include "American Gothic" and "The Homer Ladies' Journal." Poets & Writers Series. Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State College. Free.

Oct. 29, 4 p.m.: Poetry reading by Laura Moriarty, author of "Symmetry," "Like Roads" and "Rondeaux." Moriarty directs the American Poetry Archive at San Francisco State University. Wednesdays at 4 Plus. Center for the Arts Screening Room, UB North Campus. Free.

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