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Poetry and Literature Calendar (Sept. 20 to Sept. 26)

Monday, 6:30 P.M.: Reading to mark the publication “The Memory of Whiteness,” a chapbook from Destitute Press inspired by the lines “…and no whiteness (lost) is so white as the memory/ of whiteness” in William Carlos Williams’s poem “The Descent.” Contributing poets scheduled to read from the chapbook include Russ Higgins, Toni Iadresin, Ed Kaczmarski, Tom Trosey, Jane Vekhter and Mary Weig. Ryki Zuckerman will serve as host of the event. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.

Monday, 7 p.m.: Reading and reception to celebrate the book release of Canisius College professor Janet McNally’s “Some Girls,” winner of the White Pine Poetry Prize. Grupp Fireside Lounge, Richard E. Winter Building, 80 Hughes Ave.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: UB Exhibit X Series Reading by writer and cross-genre artist Shelley Jackson, the University at Buffalo’s 2015-2016 WBFO Visiting Professor of the Arts. She is the author of the groundbreaking interactive hypertext fiction narrative “Patchwork Girl” (1995), a non-chronological reworking of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” as well as the hypertexts “My Body” (1997) and “The Doll Games” (2001). Her published fiction includes the story collection “The Melancholy of Anatomy” (2002), the award-winning novel “Half Life” (HarperCollins, 2006) about a pair of alienated conjoined twins, and several illustrated children’s books, including “The Old Woman & the Wave” (1998) and “Sophia, the Alchemist’s Dog” (2002). Jackson is perhaps best-known in the conceptual art world for her ongoing “Skin Project,” which she initiated in 2003 as a “mortal work of art”: a novella published exclusively in the form of tattoos on the skin of volunteers, one word at a time, with only those participating in the project permitted to read the entire narrative. Her more recent projects include “Snow,” an Instagram-based environmental fiction narrative and “Texts to be Written on the Moon,” part of a current exhibit at the Guggenheim Foundation, She lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Pratt Institute and the New School. Hallwalls Cinema, 341 Delaware Ave. (near Tupper Street).

Friday, 7 p.m.: Fourth Friday Poetry Series reading featuring “An Evening of Irish Poetry,” hosted by poet Fred Whitehead. Reading slots available for audience members who would like to share their own favorites. Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road. $4.

Saturday, 2 p.m. to 3:30 P.M.: “Loosen Up: Yoga for Poets and Poetry Lovers,” featuring award-winning poet, teaching artist, and yoga instructor Sherry Robbins in conjunction with Just Buffalo Literary Center and the celebration of the global event 100,000 Poets and Artists for Change 2015 worldwide on Sept. 26. Bring your favorite short poem to share at the beginning of class. Wear comfortable clothes. No yoga experience necessary. As there will be other classes in progress, participants are asked to come on time and enter quietly. Himalayan Institute, 841 Delaware Ave. Free, but limited space available. Please register in advance by emailing Sherry Robbins at

Saturday, 6 p.m. to 7:30 P.M.: Two Buffalo publishers, BlazeVox Books and The Public weekly, team up to present an evening of poetry in conjunction with Just Buffalo Literary Center and the celebration of the global event 100,000 Poets and Artists for Change 2015 worldwide on Sept. 26. This reading will feature poets working in a wide range of styles and genres, ranging from lyric to conceptual to performance to spoken word and back. Buffalo-based poets scheduled to read include Aaron Lowinger, Nava Fader, Kevin Thurston, Geoffrey Gatza and Alana Kelley. Location: The Public, 1526 Main St.