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Poetry and Literature Calendar (Sept. 25 to Oct. 1)

Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.: Book launch for poet Robert M. Giannetti's new collection "Winter Vision" (Cashes Valley Publishing). The Poetry Collection, 420 Capen Library, University at Buffalo North Campus, Amherst.

Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.: Empire State College/Erie Community College Open Reading featuring poet Judith Slater. Additional reading slots available. Empire State College, Appletree Business Park, 2875 Union Road, Cheektowaga.


Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Daemen College Readings at the RIC Series presents poets Robert M. Giannetti and Danuta Kostewicz reading poetry written in Polish, in translation from the Polish or inspired by the Polish experience. Research and Information Commons, Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst.


Thursday, 7 p.m.: Tangential Readings, monthly open format reading/spoken word performance series hosted by George Georgakis and Andrea Zysk. Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St., $2.


Friday, 8 p.m.: UB Poetics Program reading by Ron Silliman, a leading figure in contemporary poetics and the author of more than 30 books, including the volume-length serial poems "Tjanting" (1979-1981), "The Alphabet" (1979-2004) and "Universe" (2005-present) as well as a "life-work" he calls "Ketjak." He was editor of "In the American Tree" (1986), widely considered the most important anthology of "language-centered writing" of its era, and is the creator of the eponymous "Silliman's Blog," the most influential individual author-maintained Web log in the English-speaking literary world with more than 3 million visits since its founding in 2002. Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St.


Saturday, 2 p.m.: Book talk and signing by Avis Townsend, author of "The Collective Life of Charles Rand Penney." Penney Gallery, 24 Church St., Lockport.

Saturday, 6 p.m.: Reading and publication release event for Niagara Falls-based Slipstream Press' 31st annual anthology "Slipstream 31: Sex-Food-Death" featuring contributors E.R. Baxter III, Ken Feltges, Christina Wos Donnelly, Michelle Kratts, Ed Taylor, Jane Adam, Randy Rumley and special guest Bonnie Rose Marcus. The Book Corner, 1801 Main St., Niagara Falls.

Saturday, 8 p.m.: Just Buffalo Literary Center's "Big Night" event celebrating the 40th anniversary of Buffalo-based Earth's Daughters magazine, the longest continuously published feminist literary magazine in North America. Featured readers include Judith Kerman, the founding editor of the magazine, with shorter readings by current co-editors Ansie Baird, Kastle Brill, Jennifer Campbell, Joyce Kessel, Janna Willoughby and Ryki Zuckerman. Music by La Marimba. Food by Geoffrey Gatza, a chef trained at the Culinary Institute of America and BlazeVox Books publisher. Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. (at Mohawk Street). $5, $4 for members of Just Buffalo, CEPA and the WNYBAC.