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Poetry and Literature Calendar (Feb. 19 to Feb. 25)

Today, 4 to 6 p.m.: Poetry Round-Robin. Riverside-Salem Cottage, 3449 W. River Road, Grand Island. Call 773-1426.


Wednesday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: "Literary Lions of Western New York: Hear Them Roar." "Birthday Salute to African-American Contrarian Ishmael Reed." Unitarian Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood Ave. $10; call 885-2136.

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Rustling the Leaves: Reading by Ellis Avery, author of "The Last Nude" (Riverhead Books). Avery, who lives in New York City and teaches fiction writing at Columbia University, last visited Buffalo in 2007 to read from her acclaimed debut novel "The Teahouse Fire," set in 19th century Japan. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St. Voluntary donation.


Thursday, 12:15 p.m.: Reading by Ellis Avery. Campbell Student Union Social Hall, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.

Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m.: Tangential Readings, featuring Lynn Ciesielski, author of "I Speak in Tongues" (Foothills Publishing). Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St. $2.

Thursday: Poet Sherry Robbins and literary arts supporters Corinne and Victor Rice will receive Just Buffalo Literary Center's Legacy Award at a benefit dinner in Asbury Hall at Babeville. Visit or call 832-5400 for ticket information.


Friday, 5 p.m.: Rustling the Leaves: Reading featuring Mike Doughty, author of "The Book of Drugs" (Da Capo Press), a memoir of his life as musician and (recovering) drug addict. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St. Voluntary donation.

Friday, 7 p.m.: Fourth Friday Poetry Series reading featuring Robin Brox and David Hadbawnik. Dog Ears Books, 688 Abbott Road. $2.

Friday, 8 p.m.: UB Poetics Program reading featuring Kristen Gallagher, author of "We Are Here" (Truck Books, 2010). Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St.


Saturday, 8 p.m.: Just Buffalo Literary Center's BIG NIGHT series presents BASINSKIANAMANIA!, featuring visual and sound poetry of Michael Basinski, with the Fluxus-inspired intermedia performance
collaborations of Basinski and composer-guitarist Don Metz. Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St.. $5, $4 students.