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Poetry and Literature Calendar for week of April 3-9

Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Book launch for Keith Elkins, a Buffalo-based writer, actor and former Empire State College SUNY distinguished service professor who is the author of the short story collection “The Old Guy Goes.” Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Reading and book-signing by horror writer and filmmaker Gregory Lamberson, whose most recent novel is the Love Canal-inspired “Black Creek” of Medallion Press. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Just Buffalo Literary Café presents a poetry reading with music to explore the theme of “The Great Unknowing,” the title of the late poet Denise Levertov’s final book. Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: The Canisius College Contemporary Writers Series presents its 13th annual Hassett Series reading featuring leading Irish novelist, short story writer and essayist Anne EnrightIn January 2015, she was named to a three-year term as the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction. Montante Cultural Center, 2001 Main St.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: The Write Thing Series reading by poet Christopher DeWeese, author of “The Black Forest” (Octopus Books, 2012) and “The Father of the Arrow is the Thought” (Octopus Books, 2015). He is assistant professor of poetry at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Medaille College Main Building, Fourth Floor, 18 Agassiz Circle.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: Ground and Sky Buffalo Poetry Series hosted by Nathanael William Stolte. Rust Belt Books, 415 Grant St.

Friday, 2 to 5 p.m.: The University at Buffalo Poetics Program presents the Inaugural Robert Creeley Lecture & Celebration of Poetry, featuring “Willy’s Reading,” a collaborative film about Creeley by UB distinguished professors Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian. At 3:15 p.m., National Book Award-winning poet, fiction writer and literary critic Nathaniel Mackey, the Reynolds Price professor of creative writing at Duke University, will deliver the inaugural Robert Creeley Lecture titled “Breath and Precarity.” Albright-Knox Art Gallery Auditorium, 1285 Elmwood Ave. Free and open to the public.

Friday, 8 p.m.: UB Poetics Program Community Reading to celebrate the legacy of Robert Creeley and the 25th anniversary of the Poetics Program. For information, email Westminster Presbyterian Church, Parrish Hall, 724 Delaware Ave. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: “Poetics: (The Next) 25 Years,” a conference marking the 25th anniversary of the Poetics Program at the University at Buffalo. The conference continues at various locations through next Sunday. For complete information, visit

Saturday, Noon to 6 p.m.: The 2016 Buffalo Small Press Book Fair Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 453 Porter Ave. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.

Saturday, 7:30 P.M.: Buffalo Small Press Book Fair reading and after-party featuring small press stalwarts Robin Brox, Miekal And, Jen Tynes, Michael Sikkema and Rod Smith. Tipico Coffee, 128 Fargo Ave.

Saturday, 8 p.m.: “Poetics: (The Next) 25 Years” Conference Reading, featuring Charles Bernstein, Elizabeth Willis and other leading participants in the conference. Trinity Episcopal Church, 371 Delaware Ave. Free and open to the public.