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Poetry and Literature Calendar (Aug. 21 to Aug. 28)

Today, 7:30 p.m.: The Screening Room Reading Series presents "Rosemary Kothe and the Tango on the Future of the Mind," an open reading in tribute to the series founder, who died in 2005. Northtown Plaza Business Center, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: Tangential Readings at Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St. Open microphone poetry, prose and spoken-word performance series hosted by George Georgakis and Andrea Zysk. $2.

Friday, 7 p.m.: Fourth Friday Poetry Series at Dog Ears Bookstore featuring Linda Drajem, Kathleen Shoemaker and Barbara Quirk Faust. 688 Abbott Road. $2.

Saturday, 8 p.m.: BlazeVOX Books Launch for poets Robin Brox, David Hadbawnik and Jonathan Skinner. Brox, a teaching artist, marketing and publicity coordinator for Just Buffalo Literary Center and founder of the feminist press and performance ensemble Saucebox, is the author of "Sure Thing," her first full-length collection of poems. Hadbawnik, a Detroit-area native, is publisher of Hadbawnik Press, edits the journal Kadar Koli and is the founding director of Buffalo Poets Theater. His latest book is "Field Work: Notes, Songs, Poems 1997-2010." Skinner is the founder and editor of the influential journal Ecopoetics. He is a University at Buffalo Ph.D. and a Cornell University Society for the Humanities fellow for 2011-12. His latest poetry collection is "Birds of Tifft." Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St.