SUNday, 4 p.m.: Poetry and Dinner Night at the Woodlawn Diner featuring poets Sara Ries and Celia White. Ries, whose parents are the longtime owners of the diner, holds an master’s degree in fine arts from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, where she received the Best Thesis in Poetry Award. Her first book, “Come In, We’re Open,” won the Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition and was published in June 2010 by the NFSPS Press. Her poem, “Fish Fry Daughter,” was selected by Ted Kooser for his American Life in Poetry Series feature. Later this month, she returns to South America, where she teaches English for the public university in Colombia. White, a teacher, librarian, researcher and information specialist, is the author of “Letter” (Ambient Press, 2007) and several chapbooks. Her awards include the Academy of American Poets University Prize, a Just Buffalo Literary Center residency and multiple Best Poet winner of the Artvoice Readers’ Poll. Additional reading slots available. 3200 Lakeshore Road, Blasdell. $14 (includes choice of two dinner selections). Email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Just Buffalo Literary Café featuring poets Rachel L. Johnson, James Maurino and Chris Vogt. Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.