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Poetry and Literature Calendar for week of Feb. 21-27

Today, 3 p.m.: Inner Ear Reading Series featuring poets John Roche and Nava Fader. Roche, who earned his doctorate from the University at Buffalo, is the author of three full-length poetry collections “The Joe Poems,” “Topicalities,” and “On Conesus” (all from Foothills Publishing) and a poetic memoir of the ’60s – “Road Ghosts” – published by Theenk Books. He is an associate professor of English at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Fader is the author of “All the Jawing Jackdaw” (BlazeVox Books) and several chapbooks, including the recent “Hitching Post: Poems Beginning with Basinski” (BlazeVox) and “Prynne” (Press Board Press). She received her master’s degree from the UB Poetics Program, writing her thesis on Adrienne Rich, and works as a school librarian. Rust Belt Books, 415 Grant St.

Tuesday, 7 p.m.: SUNY Empire State College Appletree Series open reading featuring poet Rick LaClair. Additional reading slots available. Empire State College, Appletree Business Park, 2875 Union Road, Cheektowaga.

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Circleformance Series reading featuring poets Kastle Brill and Susan Marie, with music by Michael Sheffield. Additional reading slots available. El Buen Amigo & LACA Non-Profit, 114 Elmwood Ave. (near Allen Street). $4.

Wednesday, 7:30 P.M.: Eight Annual Just Buffalo Members’ Writing Contest reading and awards ceremony. This year’s genre is nonfiction and entries will be judged by Brian Castner, author of “The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows” (2012) and “All the Ways We Kill and Die” (2016). Just Buffalo Writing Center, 468 Washington St. (near Mohawk Street), second floor.

Wednesday, 7:30 P.M.: Readings at the RIC Series featuring poets Perry Nicholas and Peter Ramos. Research and Information Commons, Room 101, Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: The Write Thing Series presents an evening with author/publisher Ted Pelton. He is the author of four books, including the novel “Malcolm and Jack (and Other Famous American Criminals)” (Spuyten Duyvil, 2006) and the novellas “Bhang” (2006) and “Bartleby, the Sportscaster” (2010). He is also the founder of the former Buffalo-based independent, innovative fiction publisher Starcherone Books. A longtime former Medaille College professor, and the co-founder of the Write Thing Series, Pelton is now chairman of the English Department at Tennessee Tech University. He lives in central Tennessee with his wife, Susan, and daughters Sophie and Grace. Main Building, Fourth Floor, Medaille College, 18 Agassiz Circle.

Friday, 7 p.m.: Fourth Friday Poetry Series reading featuring award-winning author and performance poet Benjamin Brindise. He is a co-founder of the Living Poet Society, the premiere showcase for spoken word in Buffalo, and was a member of the 2015 Pure Ink Poetry Team that represented Buffalo in the National Poetry Slam. Brindise has performed nationally in Philadelphia, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Albany, Erie, Toronto (making the finals of the Toronto International Poetry Slam) and many other cities. He has been a guest speaker on creative writing and spoken word performance at colleges across New York State and Canada. Additional reading slots available. Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road. $4.