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Poetry and Literature Calendar for May 29-June 4

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

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Just Buffalo Literary Café featuring poets Joel Lesses, Nathanael William Stolte and Julio Valentin. Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Book talk: University at Buffalo Professor of History Tamara Thornton discusses her new book “Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers: How a Nineteenth-Century Man of Business, Science and the Sea Changed American Life” (University of North Carolina Press, 2016). Thornton’s previous books include “Handwriting in America: A Cultural History” (Yale University Press, 1998) and “Cultivating Gentlemen: The Meaning of Country Life Among the Boston Elite, 1785-1860” (Yale University Press, 1989). Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: The Burchfield Penney Art Center celebrates the legacy of the literary journal Paunch and its founder and editor, University at Buffalo English Department professor emeritus Art Efron, who published it from 1962 to 1999. Paunch explored as its central theme the human body and its importance in literature at a time when this focus was not foregrounded in writing and cultural studies to the degree that it is today. Efron, who retired from teaching at UB in 2005, will share behind-the-scenes stories and offer for sale and signature select back issues of Paunch, which took its name from Efron’s admiration of Don Quixote’s truth-telling companion Sancho Panza. Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave.