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The January Calendar

Thursday, 7:30 p.m.: Meeting of the Northside Writers Group. Now in its 16th year of open workshop and constructive critique sessions, the group publishes "Over Coffee," an annual anthology of its members' writing. Ascension Lutheran Church, 4640 Main St., Amherst. Call 626-4204 for information.

Friday, 8 p.m.: "Gusto at the Gallery" presents a Nickel City Poetry Slam open competition hosted by Home Box Office Def Poetry Jam participant Dawn Saylor. Sign-up time for performers is 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, The Buffalo News and Just Buffalo Literary Center. Clifton Hall, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave. Free.

Jan. 11, 7 p.m.: Just Buffalo Open Reading featuring poet Russ Golata. Ten additional reading slots available. The Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St., North Tonawanda. Free.

Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m.: "Pajama Party Stories," a Spin-a-Story Tellers performance featuring Tom Burger. Central Presbyterian Church, corner Main Street at Jewett Parkway. Free, donations gratefully accepted.

Jan. 15, 7 p.m.: Just Buffalo Open Reading featuring poet, teacher, and literary community activist Celia White. Ten additional reading slots available. Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St. Free.

Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m.: The Screening Room Reading Series presents an open reading featuring Marge Merrill. Ten additional reading slots available. Northtown Plaza Business Center, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. $2.

Jan. 19, 7 p.m.: Just Buffalo Open Reading featuring poet Christina Wos-Donnelly. Ten additional reading slots available. The Book Corner, 1801 Main St., Niagara Falls, N.Y. Free.

Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m.: Meeting of Northside Writers Group. Ascension Lutheran Church, 4640 Main St. Call 626-4204 for information.

Jan. 28, 7 p.m.: Just Buffalo's Orbital Reading Series presents fiction writer Kim Chinquee. Chinquee has published over one hundred of her short stories in literary magazines, reviews, and journals, and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize on several occasions. She is an assistant professor of English at Central Michigan University, where she teaches creative writing. Big Orbit Gallery, 30 D Essex Street. Free.

Jan. 29, 2 p.m.: The Screening Room Reading Series presents an open reading featuring poets Jane Adam, Gunilla T. Kester, and Marilyn Martinez-Saroff plus a video by William Kothe. Additional reading slots available. Northtown Plaza Business Center, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Free.

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