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Poetry & Literature Calendar / June 24 to June 30

Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.: The Niagara Frontier Center of SUNY Empire State College presents "An Evening with Irving Feldman." The author of 11 full-length collections of poetry and the recipient of numerous literary awards, including a 1992 MacArthur Fellowship, Feldman is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at the University at Buffalo, where he taught from 1964 to 2004. His most recent book is his "Collected Poems: 1954-2004" (Schocken Books). Appletree Business Park, 2875 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Free and open to the public.


Thursday, 7 p.m.: Rustling the Leaves: Reading and book-signing with Brooklyn James, author of "Vigilare: Hell Hound" (Arena Books). An Austin, Texas-based author and singer-songwriter, James' first novel "The Boots My Mother Gave Me" (Arena Books, 2010) also featured an original music soundtrack recorded by James and was chosen as a Quarter Finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. Her second book is a suspense-mystery thriller with elements of Greek mythology's Cerberus (hell-hound) story, set in contemporary New Orleans. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St., Buffalo.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: Tangential Readings, open format poetry and prose reading series hosted by George Georgakis. Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St., Buffalo. $2.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: Spit at Spot Coffee, ongoing open format poetry and spoken word performance series hosted by Brown Sugar. SpotCoffee, 227 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.