Today, 4 p.m.: Poetry Night at the Woodlawn Diner featuring poet Gene Grabiner. 3200 Lakeshore Road, Blasdell. $12 (includes dinner). Call 903-3335 for reservations.
Tuesday, 7 p.m.: ECC/Empire State College Appletree Open Reading featuring poet Martha Deed. Additional reading slots available. Empire State College, 2875 Union Road, Cheektowaga.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Tangential Reading Series featuring poet Marek P. Parker. Additional reading slots available. 464 Gallery, 464 Amherst St.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Talking Leaves Books presents a reading and book signing by Buffalo native Mark Nowak, award-winning poet, social activist and author, most recently, of "Coal Mountain Elementary" (Coffee House Press, 2009). Nowak, who grew up on Buffalo's east side and received his bachelor of arts degree from Canisius College, is the author of "Revenants" (2000) and "Shut Up, Shut Down" (2004), a finalist for the Academy of American Poets James Laughlin Award. He is director of the Rose O'Neill Literary House and an associate professor of English at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. Hallwalls Cinema, 341 Delaware Ave. (near Tupper).
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.: Just Buffalo Literary Cafe presents an open literary reading for National Poetry Month. Readers are asked to share one poem or short prose work of their own and one poem or short prose work of a writer they have been influenced by. Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.
Friday, 5 p.m.: Talking Leaves Books presents a reading and book signing by award-winning, Minnesota-based, Irish-American crime writer Erin Hart, author of the new novel "False Mermaid." The reading will be accompanied by a slide show and Irish traditional music featuring her husband Paddy O'Brien of the band Chulrua. At 7:30, O'Brien's band will perform a concert. Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road.
Friday, 8 p.m.: UB Poetics Program presents Black Took Collective's "Live Feed from the Black Unconscious," a live, multimedia performance embracing radical poetics, hybrid experimental forms and critical theories of race, gender, and sexuality. Black Took Collective was co-founded in 1999 by Duriel E. Harris, Dawn Lundy Martin and Ronaldo V. Wilson. Hallwalls Cinema, 341 Delaware Ave.