Today, 4 p.m.: Poetry and Dinner Night at the Woodlawn Diner featuring Canadian poets Elizabeth Glenny and Chris Parnell. Glenny is author of "A Periodic Sentence," a collection published in 2007 by the League of Canadian Poets and editor of "The Saving Bannister" poetry anthology published by the Canadian Authors Association. The Hamilton, Ont.-based Parnell is the author of "Sorry I Spent Your Poem" (1999), "Under Old Stars" (2002) and "Drive" (2009). His most recent chapbook is titled "Everything Comes from Above" (2011). Additional reading slots available. 3200 Lakeshore Road, Blasdell. $12, includes choice of two dinner selections. Call 903-3335 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for information and reservations.
Today, 7:30 p.m.: The Screening Room Series reading featuring poet Rose Sallie plus a video by Bill Kothe. Additional reading slots available. Northtown Plaza Business Center, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.
Monday, 7 p.m.: Wordflight Series reading featuring Chris Fritton and Ed Taylor. Fritton is a writer, visual artist, book artist, and since 2006, the co-founder and principal organizer of the annual Buffalo Small Press Book Fair. He is the designer and printer for Buffalo-based Mohawk Press and editor of Ferrum Wheel Press. Taylor, a widely published poet, fiction writer and essayist, is the author of "Idiogest" and "The Rubaiyat of Hazmat" (BlazeVox Books). Crane Branch Library (2nd floor), 633 Elmwood Ave.
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Earth's Daughter's Gray Hair Series reading featuring Robert Borgatti, Livio Farallo and Dan Sicoli, the three co-founders and longtime co-editors of Slipstream Magazine. Hallwalls Cinema, 341 Delaware Ave. $5.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Rustling the Leaves: Reading and book-signing with veteran reporter Tom Wilber, author of "Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale" (Cornell University Press). Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.
Saturday, 6:30 p.m.: Book signing with South Buffalo native Helen "Nellie" Moran, author of "A Sleeping Dog" (Smashwords), a new murder-mystery within a mystery set on a Catholic College campus in the late 1970s. Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road.
Saturday, 8 p.m.: Buffalo/Niagara International Poetry Slam, the largest annual poetry slam competition in Western New York, featuring top performance poets and spoken word artists from Brooklyn, Buffalo, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse and Toronto vying for cash prizes. Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. $20 to $25.