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Silo City hosts 125 poets as part of international poetry celebration

The grain elevators of Silo City (92 Childs St.) will echo with poetry on Saturday as some 125 Western New York writers gather to participate in Buffalo’s version of the global event known as “100,000 Poets for Change.”

The first incarnation of the event was held in 2011, when poets and poetry fans in 95 countries mounted 700 individual events in 550 cities to advocate for “serious social, environmental, and political change.” After a year off, the international poetry festival is back. Buffalo’s version is organized by Barbara Cole and Noah Falck of Just Buffalo Literary Center. (The 2011 version at SUNY Buffalo State was organized by David Landrey.)

Saturday’s event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., will feature dozens of well-known names in the regional and national poetry scenes along with students from local high schools. Participants include Ansie Baird, Jorge Guitart, Sherry Robbins, Celia White, Ntara Ali Gault, Brandon Williamson and Janna Willoughby-Lohr. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Carl Dennis, whom Publishers Weekly called “our most precise and dogged poet of regret” in a review of his most recent collection, also will read his work.

The event includes musical performances from local bands including What Would Mingus Do?, Pine Fever and Goat of Arms. A full schedule is online at, or call 832-5400.

– Colin Dabkowski