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Poetry and Literature Calendar (May 17-May 23)

Monday, 6 p.m.: “Light in the Café,” a stained-glass art exhibit by Sister Ann Therese Kelly and her Villa Maria College glass art students, music by The Amateur Americans, and poetry by Joyce Kessel, chair of the Liberal Arts Department at Villa Maria, and recent author of “Classroom Quixote: Poems from Four Decades of Teaching Writing and Literature” (The Writer’s Den Press, 2015). Daily Planet Coffee Company, 1862 Hertel Ave.

Wednesday, 6:15 P.M.: Spotlight on Youth: Open format poetry, spoken word, musical performance, dance, and visual arts series for young persons, ages 12 to 21. Call 832-5400 or visit for information. Just Buffalo Writing Center, second floor, 468 Washington St. (at Mohawk Street), Buffalo.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: Book Discussion: Buffalo-based poet Sherry Robbins and SUNY College at Buffalo professor emeritus in English and American Literature David Landrey will lead an open discussion of Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” and Robbins’s own critically acclaimed feminist rereading of Melville in her poetry collection “Or, the Whale” (BlazeVox Books, 2010) in conjunction with The Year of Melville, being celebrated at Scuppernong Books in Greensboro, N.C. Robbins, who is also the author of “Snapshots of Paradise” (1982), was New York State Teaching Artist of the Year in 2005, and a Just Buffalo Literary Center Legacy Award winner in 2012. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.

Friday, 7 p.m.: Fourth Friday Poetry Series reading featuring poet Nava Fader, author of the chapbooks “StoneSoup,” “The Plath Poems,” “The Rilke Poems,” “Soot, Tear, Zest: Poems from Garcia Lorca,” and in her full-length book “All The Jawing Jackdaw” (BlazeVox Books, 2009). Additional reading slots available. Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road. $4.