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Poetry & Literature Calendar

Monday, 7 p.m.: BABEL Extras: Book discussion of Russell Banks' "The Sweet Hereafter" led by Just Buffalo Literary Center Artistic Director Barbara Cole in anticipation of Banks' BABEL Series Lecture Oct. 18. Refreshments served. Betty's Restaurant, 370 Virginia St. $10, $5 Just Buffalo members. RSVP to Just Buffalo at 832-5400.
Tuesday, 7 p.m.: UB Exhibit X Fiction and Prose Series reading with leading British novelist Lawrence Norfolk, author of the Somerset Maugham Award-winning "Lemprière's Dictionary" (1991), "The Pope's Rhinoceros" (1996), "In the Shape of a Boar" (2000), and his latest novel "John Saturnall's Feast" (2012), described as "a sweeping and sensuous novel set in seventeenth century England, weaving myth and fact, full of food, history, politics and romance." Norfolk is also a working journalist and radio commentator frequently heard on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. Hallwalls Cinema, 341 Delaware Ave. (near Tupper Street).
Wednesday, 7:30 P.M.: Just Buffalo Literary Café featuring poets Peter Ramos and Gunilla Theander Kester. Ramos is assistant professor of English at Buffalo State College and author of "Please Do Not Feed the Ghosts" (BlazeVox Books, 2009). Kester, a classically trained guitarist and music educator, is the author of "Writing the Subject" and "Time of Sand and Teeth" (Writer's Den Books). With Gary Earl Ross, she was co-editor of "The Empty Chair: Writings Inspired by Flight 3407." Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Meeting of Northside Writers Group. Crossroads Lutheran Church, 4640 Main St., Amherst. Call 626-4204 or visit for information.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Spit at Spot Coffee, ongoing spoken word/performance series hosted by Brown Sugar. 227 Delaware Ave.
Friday, 3 to 5 p.m.: Buffalo State College's Rooftop Poetry Club Olmsted Parks Poetry Project at the Delaware Park Pedestrian Loop (attendees meet on the back steps of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave.): Author talk and workshop featuring Jonathan Skinner, a poet, critic and literary scholar best-known as the founder of the journal Ecopoetics. A 2011-12 fellow with Cornell Society for the Humanities, his poetry collections include "Birds of Tifft" (BlazeVOX, 2011) and "Political Cactus Poems" (Palm Press, 2005). His most recent essays on urban landscape and poetics have appeared in Qui Parle (19.2) and in the "Ecolanguage Reader" (Nightboat Books, 2011). Skinner also keeps a blog on the parks of Frederick Law Olmsted, called "Spoils of the Park." Free, but RSVP to Lisa Forrest at
Friday, 7 p.m.: Just Buffalo book launch reading and reception for Paul Hogan, author of new poetry collection "Inventories," published by BlazeVox Books. Hogan, a longtime leader and organizer in the Buffalo area arts and literary community, is author of a previous collection, "Points of Departures" (2008) published by White Pine Press. Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. Free.