Tuesday, 7:30 P.M.: SUNY Empire State College Appletree Series open reading featuring poet and prose writer Martha Deed reading her “poetry of witness,” exploring the differences between journalism and poetry. Additional reading slots available. Empire State College, Appletree Business Park, 2875 Union Road, Cheektowaga.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: The Squeakeasy Film Series presents “Filmballad of Mamadada,” a documentary by Lily Benson and Cassandra Guan that tells the story of Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, an unsung member of the New York Dada movement. The film will be preceded by an introduction featuring University at Buffalo-based Dada scholars Elizabeth Otto and Sarah Bey-Cheng and a live performance by experimental poet Mike Basinski, the curator of the UB Poetry Collection. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A session with filmmakers Benson and Guan via Skype. Squeaky Wheel, Market Arcade Building, 617 Main St. (street level). $7.
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.
Wednesday, 8 p.m.: UB Poetics Program reading by Aaron Kunin, the author of four collections of poetry, the most recent of which is “Cold Genius: A Book of Poems” (Fence Books, 2014). He lives in Los Angeles and teaches at Pomona College. Hallwalls Cinema, 341 Delaware Ave. (near Tupper Street).
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Reading and book signing with poet Laura Donnelly and fiction writer Sarah Yaw. Donnelly’s poetry collection “Watershed” won the Cider Press Review’s 2013 Editor’s prize, as well as being a finalist for the University of Wisconsin Press’ Brittingham and Pollak Poetry Prizes. She is a professor of English at SUNY-Oswego. Yaw’s first novel, “You Are Free to Go,” was chosen by novelist Robin Black as winner of Engine Books Novel Prize in 2013. She is an associate professor at Cayuga Community College. Following the reading, Canisius College’s Janet McNally, recent winner of the White Pine Poetry Prize for her collection “Some Girls,” will join Donnelly and Yaw for a discussion of independent literary press prizes and contests. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.
Friday, 8 p.m.: UB Poetics Program presents a double book launch for two new titles by Steve McCaffery: “Tatterdemalion: a Sketchbook for Syntax” (Veer Books) and “Alice in Plunderland (a rule-constrained repurposing of the Alice book) with full-page and vignette illustrations by Clelia Scala (Book Thug). McCaffery is the Gray Chair Professor of Poetry and Letters at UB. Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. (near Mohawk Street).