Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.: The Rooftop Poetry Club presents a reading by ethnographer and Buffalo State College professor Allen Shelton, author of "Dreamworlds of Alabama" (University of Minnesota Press, 2007). International Students Reading Area, third floor, E.H. Butler Library, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Just Buffalo Literary Cafe special reading featuring Pulitzer Prize and Ruth Lilly Prize-winning poet and University at Buffalo professor emeritus Carl Dennis joined by series host Perry S. Nicholas. Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Poets Theater, a new series featuring readings of rarely performed plays by poets from UB's Poetry Collection and beyond. Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Reading and book signing by author and environmental activist Margaret Wooster, former executive director of Great Lakes United, featuring her new book, "Living Waters: Reading the Rivers of the Lower Great Lakes." Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.
Friday, 7 p.m.: "Naked Kitchen Yoga," an evening of readings organized by Buffalo-based Starcherone Books to celebrate National Small Press Month, featuring an all-star cast of more than 20 of the Buffalo area's leading small press authors and publishers. Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St. (Suggested $5 donation to cover refreshments.)
Saturday, 8 p.m.: "Blue Notes," an evening of blues and blues-inspired poetry featuring poet Celeste Lawson and vocalist Lynne Frederick. Open reading of blues poems by other readers and performers to follow. Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St.
Poem submissions: The poems printed in the Spotlight section of The Buffalo News are selected by R.D. Pohl. Poetry submissions should be sent to him at: R.D. Pohl, P.O. Box 641, Buffalo, N.Y. 14225. All poems must include author's name, address and Social Security number. Inquiries about the poetry page can be e-mailed to Rdpohl1@aol.com. Poems will not be accepted through e-mail.