Today, 4 p.m.: Poetry and Dinner Night at the Woodlawn Diner, featuring poet, musician, and songwriter Peter Letson Williams. Williams, an Atlanta native who has lived in Buffalo since 2000, is the author of "Me and Me in a Lifeboat" (PressBoard Press), a new collection of lyrical poems he refers to as "projected verse," a reference to Charles Olson's influential 1950 essay "Projective Verse". 3200 Lakeshore Road, Blasdell. $12, includes a choice of two dinner selections. Call 903-3335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: "Literary Lions of Western New York: Hear Them Roar!" This week's presentation in the series: "Best Selling Lioness -- Taylor Caldwell (1900-1985)" with lecturer Michael Harris. Unitarian Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood Ave. $10; call 885-2136 for information.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Tangential Readings at Rust Belt Books. Open format series this month featuring readings from the works of Robert Burns and other Scottish poets led by Bruce McCausland in honor of Burns' birthday (Jan. 25). 202 Allen St. $2.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Spit at Spot Coffee, ongoing open format poetry and spoken word performance series hosted by Brown Sugar. Spot Coffee, 227 Delaware Ave.
Friday, 7 p.m.: Fourth Friday Poetry Series featuring Josh Smith and Fred Whitehead. Smith's latest spoken word/performance poetry DVD is "Adrenaline Child." Whitehead's recent publications include "Protected by Paradox," a 2010 chapbook and "Orbs," an e-book available from Smashwords. Additional reading slots available. Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road. $2.
Saturday, 8 p.m.: Just Buffalo BIG NIGHT event featuring Toronto-based poets Camille Martin and Mark Goldstein, video by Carl Lee, and food by gourmet chef and BlazeVox Books publisher Geoffrey Gatza. Martin, an Arkansas native and former New Orleans resident, is the author of three collections of poems: "Sonnets" (Shearsman Books, 2010), "Codes of Public Sleep" (BookThug, 2007), and "Sesame Kiosk" (Potes & Poets, 2001). Goldstein, whose 12-week seminar on "Transtransliteration" inaugurated the Toronto New School of Writing in 2010, is the author of "Tracelanguage: A Shared Breath" (BookThug, 2011), his "transtranslation" of poet Paul Celan's seminal work "Atemwende" and "After Rilke" (BookThug, 2008) a set of letters in homage to late American poet Jack Spicer and a series of homophonic translations based on Rilke's "The Voices." Lee is a Buffalo-based film-maker and video artist formerly associated with the Termite TV Collective. His latest work-in-progress is a multichannel installation that explores the intersection of cinematic and actual light and space. Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. (near Mohawk Street). $5, $4 students, Just Buffalo members and members of its affiliate organizations.