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Poetry & Literature Calendar

Today, 4 p.m.: Poetry and Dinner Night at the Woodlawn Diner featuring poets Josh Smith and Janna Willoughby-Lohr. 3200 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell. $12 (includes dinner). RSVP to or via telephone at 903-3335.

Monday, 7 p.m.: Rustling the Leaves: An evening of Canadian fiction featuring C.P. Boyko, Nadine McInnis and Alice Petersen - three authors published by Biblioasis, based in Windsor, Ont. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.

Tuesday, 7:30 P.M.: Empire State College Literary Series reading featuring poet John Marvin. Additional reading slots available. Empire State College, Appletree Business Park, 2875 Union Road, Cheektowaga.

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Reading with Rochester-based novelist Bill Peters, author of "Maverick Jetpants and the City of Quality" (Black Balloon Publishing), a comedy set in Rochester in the 1990s, with film score composer Nathan Larson, and musician Nick Walter. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Book signing by Mark Kriegel, author of "The Good Son: The Life of Ray 'Boom' Mancini" (Free Press). Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 1565 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: Reading and book signing with Jimmie Gilliam and Joyce Kessel. Gilliam is co-author of the poetry volume "The Rime & Roar of Revolution" (as Jimmie Canfield, with Bob Dickens, 1975) and author of the prose poem/novel "Ain't No Bears Out Tonight" (1984) and the poetry collection "Pieces of Bread" (1987). Kessel is the author of "Secret Lives," a debut collection of poems. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.

Friday, 7 p.m.: Fourth Friday Poetry Series with featured poet Letson Williams. Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road. $2.

Saturday, 6 p.m.: Reading and book launch event for Niagara Falls-based Slipstream magazine's issue #32, "Cars, Bars, & Stars" featuring contributors E.R. Baxter III, John Marvin, Ed Taylor, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Jane Adam, Lynn Ciesielski, Ken Feltges, Michelle Kratts, Christina Wos Donnelly and Ryki Zuckerman, with Slipstream editors Livio Farallo, Bob Borgatti and Dan Sicoli. The Book Corner, 1801 Main St., Niagara Falls.

Saturday, 8 p.m.: Just Buffalo BIG NIGHT event featuring poets Nava Fader and Filip Marinovich, with music by The Cellars and food by BlazeVox Books publisher Geoffrey Gatza. Fader is the author of numerous chapbooks and a full-length collection "All the Jawing Jackdaw" (BlazeVox Books, 2009). Marinovich is the author of "Zero Readership" (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008) and "And If You Don't Go Crazy I'll Meet You Here Tomorrow" (UDP, 2011). He wrote and directed the plays "Skin Around The Earth," "Throne Room Snow," and "The Karma Bookshop" for his theater company Comet Party. WNY Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. $5, $4 students.