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Poetry and Literature Calendar (March 30-April 5)

Today, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Western New York Book Arts Center’s 6th Annual Edible Book Festival, part of an international arts celebration of edible books that are exhibited, documented, and then consumed. For more information, visit 468 Washington St. $5, $3 for WNYBAC members.

Monday, 7 p.m.: BABEL at Betty’s, a book discussion of Abraham Verghese’s novel “Cutting for Stone” facilitated by neurologist, psychiatrist and literary enthusiast Dr. Richard Cowan. Verghese visits Buffalo on April 8 to deliver a BABEL Series lecture at Kleinhans. Betty’s Restaurant, 370 Virginia St. $10, $5 for Just Buffalo members.

Tuesday 6 to 8 p.m.: UB Libraries Victor E Reichert/Robert Frost Lecture: “Our ‘Need of Being Versed’: Frost, Virgil, and the Uses of Poetry,” by SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of English Robert Daly. Poetry Collection, 420 Capen Hall, UB North Campus.

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: An Evening with Allen Shelton, writer, scholar, SUNY Buffalo State Sociology professor, memoirist and author of the creative nonfiction narrative “Where the North Sea Touches Alabama” (University of Chicago Press, 2013). Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Just Buffalo Literary Café ‘One-and-One’ open reading in celebration of National Poetry Month. Participants invited to read one poem of their own and another poem by a poet they consider a literary influence. Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: Canisius College Contemporary Writers Series presents the 11th annual Hassett Reading featuring leading Irish poet and playwright Paula Meehan. Montante Cultural Center, Main Street at Eastwood Place, Buffalo.

Thursday, 8 p.m.: Medaille College and the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair present a evening of progressive fiction readings featuring Lance Olsen and Shane Jones. Olsen is the author of more than 20 books of metamodernist fiction and nonfiction, “anti-textbooks” and hyperfiction, including the recent titles “Theories of Forgetting” (Fiction Collective Two, 2014), “How to Unfeel the Dead: New & Selected Fictions” (Teksteditions, 2014) and “There” (Anti-Oedipus Press, 2014). He teaches experimental narrative theory and practice at the University of Utah. Jones, a fiction writer and poet best known for his novels “Light Boxes” (Publishing Genius/Penguin, 2010), “The Failure Six” (Fugue State Press, 2010), “Daniel Fights a Hurricane” (Penguin, 2012) and the soon-to-be-released Crystal Eaters (Two Dollar Radio Press.). Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St.

Friday, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: The 2014 Buffalo Small Press Book Fair presents a meet and greet and letterpress print demo with letterpress printer, papermaker and book arts legend Amos P. Kennedy of Kennedy Prints. Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St.

Friday, 9 p.m. to midnight: Just Buffalo Literary Center presents “All Poetry is Small Press Poetry,” a reading in conjunction with the 2014 Buffalo Small Press Book Fair featuring poets Marina Blitshteyn, Safiya Sinclair, Iris Cushing and Elizabeth Clark Wessel representing Argos Books; Marthe Reed, Susana Gardner and Vincent Zompa representing the online journal Dusie; and Sarah Jean Alexander, Cassandra Gillig, Pat Kewley, Matthew Bookin and Jake Drum representing the zine Cage Match. Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St.

Saturday, Noon to 6 p.m.: The 2014 Buffalo Small Press Book Fair, a regional two-day event that brings booksellers, authors, bookmakers, zinesters, small presses, artists, poets and other cultural workers (and enthusiasts) together in a venue where they can share ideas, showcase their art, and sell the books, prints, broadsides and other book-related ephemera they produce. Last year’s one day show featured more than 125 vendors and drew 4,500 visitors. The 2014 show will also run next Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 453 Porter Ave. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.

Saturday, 7 p.m.: Buffalo Small Press Book Fair poetry reading and post-party hosted by David Hadbawnik and featuring small press stalwarts Jen Tynes, Michael Sikkema, Shanna Compton, Susana Gardner, Amanda Montei, Aaron Lowinger and Chris Fritton. Sweetness 7 Café, 220 Grant St.