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Poetry and Literature Calendar; A list of readings and workshops (April 22-28)

Today, 3 to 7:30 p.m.: Urban Epiphany 6: A Western New York poetry marathon featuring up to 100 area poets, each reading in (strictly observed) two-minute segments in celebration of the spirit of community and National Poetry Month. Unitarian Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood Ave. $5 donation. Contact celia.white@gmail for information.


Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Talking Leaves Books and the Niagara County Community College English Department present a Raiders of Niagara reading featuring poet and Earth's Daughters co-editor Ryki Zuckerman and poet-memoirist Olga Karman ("Scatter My Ashes Over Havana"). 3158 Main St.

Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.: Empire State College/Erie Community College-North Appletree Reading Series featuring Michael Basinski, curator of the University at Buffalo Poetry Collection and the author of more than 35 books. Additional reading slots available. Empire State College, Appletree Business Park, 2875 Union Road, Cheektowaga.


Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Rustling The Leaves: Reading and book signing with E.R. Baxter III, veteran Niagara County-based writer, educator and author of "Niagara Digressions" (Starcherone Books, 2012). Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Daemen College Readings at the RIC Series featuring poet and fiction writer Carole Southwood and poet-spoken word artist Josh Smith. Research and Information Commons, Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst.


Thursday, 6:30 p.m.: Tangential Readings, open format poetry and prose reading series hosted by George Georgakis. Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St. $2.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: Rustling The Leaves: Reading and book signing by poet Gail Fischer, author of "Red Ball Jets" (Outriders Poetry Project Press, 2012). Fischer, who joined the professional staff of the New York State Archives in 1990, studied with influential University at Buffalo poets Mac Hammond, John Logan and Irving Feldman in the 1970s. She lives on 97 acres of reforested land near Lake Ontario dedicated to the protection of song and woodland birds and other wildlife. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.


Friday, 7 p.m.: 4th Friday Poetry Series featuring Sara Ries and Janna Willoughby-Lohr. Ries is the author of "Come In, We're Open" (winner of the 2009 Stevens Manuscript Competition)and host of Poetry Night at the Woodlawn Diner. Willoughby-Lohr is a graphic designer, teaching artist, spoken word performer, second-generation member of Earth's Daughters publishing collective and vocalist for the funk/ hip-hop band the Bloodthirsty Vegans. Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road. $2.


Saturday, 8 p.m.: Just Buffalo Big Night Series presents a tribute to Adrienne Rich (1929-2012), a major and influential voice in both 20th century American poetry and contemporary feminist writing, who died March 27. Join University at Buffalo-based poet, playwright, writer and scholar Alexis DeVeaux and poet, fiction writer and"Women of the Crooked Circle" writers group founder Jimmie Gilliam in this celebration of Rich's life and work. With music by Damian Weber and food by gourmet chef and BlazeVOX Books publisher Geoffrey Gatza. Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. $5, $4 students.