Wednesday, 7:30 P.M.: Just Buffalo Literary Café featuring poets Melissa Lussier, Rachel Robles Saeger, Alexis O’Donnell and Samantha Gonzalez. Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.
Thursday, 12:30 P.M.: UB Poetics Program reading by and discussion with poet, performer and librettist Douglas Kearney, a graduate of Howard University, with an MFA from the California Institute for the Arts, and a 2002-03 fellow of the Cave Canem Foundation. He is author of the full-length collections “Fear, Some” (Red Hen Press, 2006), “The Black Automaton” (National Poetry Series Selection, Fence Books, 2009) and “Patter” (Red Hen Press, 2014). UB Poetry and Special Collections, 420 Capen Hall, UB North Campus.
Thursday, 8 p.m.: UB Poetics Program reading by poet, performer and librettist Douglas Kearney. Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. (near Mohawk Street), Buffalo.
Saturday, 4:30 P.M.: Njozi Promotions presents the Youth Buffalo-Niagara International Poetry Slam, a regional event for young performers (ages 13 to 19) from Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Southern Ontario, who will compete for $500 in cash prizes. Johnston Theater at the Elmwood Franklin School, 104 New Amsterdam Ave., Buffalo. Tickets available from Doris Records and both Record Theater locations. Presale: $10, $7 students. At the door: $15, students $10. Call 533-9491 or visit www.njoziensemble.com for additional information.