Monday, 7 p.m.: "Simmer and Blaze," a Wordflight Series reading featuring Geoffrey Gatza and Jae Newman. Gatza is the publisher of BlazeVOX Books and the author of "Not So Fast Robespierre" (2008), "Secrets of My Prison House" (2010), and a new chapbook of experimental prose "House of Forgetting." Newman is a 2006 MFA from Spaulding University who teaches at Jamestown Community College and Monroe Community College. He is co-editor of the poetry podcast series Red Lion Square. Crane Branch Library, 633 Elmwood Ave. (upstairs).
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Reading with poet, short story writer and critic Peter Macuck. A Distinguished Professor emeritus of English at East Carolina University, Macuck is the author of 10 books, including "Long Lens: New & Selected Poems" (BOA Editions, 2010), which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Garret Theater, St. Bonaventure University, 3261 W. State Road, Olean.
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Earth's Daughters Gray Hair Series presents "An Evening with Joan Murray." A former Buffalo resident and recipient of the Poetry Society of America's Gordon Barber Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, Murray's collections of poetry include "Looking for the Parade" (W.W. Norton, 2000), "Dancing on the Edge" (2002) and "Queen of the Mist" (1999), both from Beacon Press, and "The Same Water" (Wesleyan University Press, 1990). Hallwalls Cinema, 341 Delaware Ave. $5.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Poetry Reading and Workshop with Joan Murray (see above). Villa Maria College, 240 Pine Ridge Road, Cheektowaga.
Thursday, 8 p.m.: BABEL SERIES lecture by and discussion with Alexander McCall Smith. A Rhodesian-born Scottish writer and widely respected scholar on medical law and bioethical issues, Smith is best known as the author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series of 13 best-selling novels, which began with "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" (1999) and continued with last year's "The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party." Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle. $10 to $35. Call 832-5400 for ticket information.
Friday, 10 a.m. to noon: "Brian O'Nolan in the Archive: Assembling Myles & Flann," a University at Buffalo Poetics Program Small Press in the Archive Series talk by Irish literature scholar Marion Quirici. UB Poetry Collection, 420 Capen Hall, UB North Campus, Amherst.
Friday, 6:30 p.m.: Book signing with David Dachauer, author of "Tether Me Not" (Brown Books Publishing Group). Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road.
Friday, 6:30 p.m.: University at Buffalo English Department Reunion, featuring brief poetry and fiction readings by alumni Mindy Aloff, Ansie Baird, Mike Basinski, Charles Baxter, Paul Hogan, Elliot Krieger, David Landrey, Joel Lipman and others. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave. For additional information, contact UBEnglishReunion@buffalo.edu.