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Poetry and Literature Calendar for Oct. 16-22

Sunday, 3 p.m.: Inner Ear Series reading featuring poets Fred Whitehead and Nicolas Eckerson. Rust Belt Books, 415 Grant St. $3.
Tuesday, 8 p.m.: Eleni Stecopoulos, author of “Visceral Poetics” (ON Contemporary Practice, 2016), “Daphnephoria” (Compline, 2012), and “Armies of Compassion” (Palm Press, 2010). Western New York Book Arts Center,468 Washington St.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Buffalo Books & Beer: A Literary Night in the Old First Ward, featuring Bill Metzger, author of “Microbrewed Murder,” and Timothy Bohen, author of “Against the Grain.” Matt Higgins will interview both authors and moderate the discussion. Gene McCarthy’s, 73 Hamburg St.
Wednesday, 8 p.m.: Just Buffalo BABEL Series lecture by and discussion with Jamaican-born author Marlon James, author of the 2015 Man Booker Prize winning novel “A Brief History Of Seven Killings” (Riverhead Books); “The Book of Night Women” (2010), which won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Minnesota Book Award; and “John Crow’s Devil” (2005), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. James lives in Minneapolis, and teaches literature at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle. $35.
Thursday, 5:30 P.M.: Larkin Square Author Series presents nonfiction author and memoirist Nancy Davidoff Kelton, a Buffalo native and author of “Writing From Personal Experience.” She lives in New York City and teaches at The New School. Larkin Square, 745 Seneca St.
Thursday, 8 p.m.: University at Buffalo Poetics Plus Series featuring talks by David Abel (“Performing the Expanded Page”) and Frederik Averin (“The Idea of the Book”). Abel is a poet and proprietor of Passages Bookshop in Portland, Ore. Averin is a poet/visual artist who explores language, human intention, narratives, self-awareness and peculiar situations through both the printed and unprinted page. Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St.
Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m.: Memorial Reading to honor the life, writing and career of William Sylvester, poet, critic, scholar, longtime University at Buffalo professor of English and Buffalo resident. He died on June 12 at age 97. The Poetry Collection, 420 Capen Hall, University at Buffalo, North Campus, Amherst.
Saturday, 2:30 P.M.: “Voice & Viola: A Celebration of Autumn Color in Music, Poetry and Nature,” a benefit event for Kenneglenn Scenic & Nature Preserve, featuring poet Robert M. Giannetti and violist Leslie Bahler. 11663 Old Strykersville Road, Wales. Visit or call 687-1225 for ticket prices and information.

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