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Monday, 8 p.m.: Poets Storm Nietzsche's Series, featuring poets Fred Whitehead, Vincent Cervone, Matthew Bookin, Lissa Roads and Nathanael William Stolte. Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Just Buffalo Literary Café featuring poet, playwright, actor and director Lorna C. Hill, poet and memoirist Olga Karman and poet Rachel Robles Saeger. Center for Inquiry, …

Wednesday, 7 p.m.:  Just Buffalo Literary Café featuring poet Ansie Baird, poet and fiction writer Janet McNally and Tom Yorty. Baird is the longtime poet-in-residence at Buffalo Seminary and author of the poetry collections "In Advance of All Parting" (White Pine Press, 2009) and "The Solace of Islands" (BlazeVOX Books, 2016). McNally teaches at Canisius College is the au…

By Nancy Denault-Weiss   Mom spoke quietly about the loup garou, when the dead took the forms of wolves. The radio turned on and the kitchen clock stopped at the very moment of her grandpa's death (she said). Aunt Ruth sent greetings by dimming the lights. Dad's Québécois parents, and theirs before them, believed the cows knelt at midnight for …

Thursday, 7 p.m.: Reading and issue release party for Volume Two of Foundlings poetry magazine featuring contributors Ben Brindise, S. James Coffed, Noah Falck and Justin Karcher, with Foundlings co-editors Max Crinnin and Aidan Ryan. Volumes One and Two of the publication will be available for purchase. Volume Two is twice as big as the debut edition, containing around 10…

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: The Screening Room Third Wednesday Series reading featuring writers Paul Rehac, Dominique Woods and Marc Belisle. Additional reading slots available. New location: The Screening Room Cinema Café, Boulevard Mall (separate outside entrance), 880 Alberta Drive, Amherst. $3.

Tired By Irene Sipos   Sitting across the aisle on the B train I look at the row of weary faces   various shapes, sizes, colors, ages, a horizontal explication of what it means to have woken many mornings   to brave routine, to leave concerns at home along with scattered laundry and unwashed dishes to head for same/same…

Sunday, 3 p.m.: Inner Ear Poetry Series presents “On Metaphor,” a talk by University at Buffalo professor emeritus Irving Massey. Massey, who taught at UB from 1964-1996, is the author of six books of criticism, including “Find You the Virtue: Ethics, Image, and Desire in Literature” (1987), “The Uncreating Word: Romanticism and the Object” (1971), and most recently, “The …

Wednesday, 7:30 P.M.: Readings at the RIC Series presents poets Richard Olson and Theresa Wyatt. Additional reading slots available. Research and Information Commons, Room 101, Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst. Thursday, 7 p.m.: Reading from and book launch celebration for Janet McNally’s young adult novel “Girls in the Moon” (Harper Collins). McNally, a two-time …

By Gail Fischer Married straight down to her widow’s misery, it was one of those days when she couldn’t go on. So, we were taken out tobogganing by the neighbors, for some fun, to the Chestnut Ridge Park full of whole families’ gaiety under blindingly blue winter sun. One time I went downhill alone on a sled going so fast, and everybody started yelling, “Look o…

Tuesday, 5:30 P.M.: Larkin Square Author Series presents a book talk by novelist and essayist Mark Slouka, author of “God’s Fool” (Alfred A. Knopf, 2002), “Brewster: A Novel” (W.W. Norton & Company, 2013) and “Nobody’s Son: A Memoir” (W.W. Norton & Company, 2016). Larkin Square, 745 Seneca St. Wednesday, 6:30 P.M.: “A Toast to Poets of Wit and Eloquence,” feat…

Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.: LitTech Forum: A roundtable discussion on how innovation in education and the arts is bridging the literary and technology divide, featuring guide questions and discussion topics on literary arts and technological collaborations. Innovation Center, 64 Ellicott St. Admissions is free, but space is limited. RSVP to LiteraryCorridor@gmail.com. We…

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In Buffalo, poetry inhabits even our most desolate and abandoned spaces. It echoes from the ceilings of our industrial ruins. It flows like the meandering Buffalo River through the inner harbors of our ghost palaces, resonating out of phase through tens of thousands of tons of concrete, barely audible above the wind soughs, before blending into the vernacular of our city b…

Prior to last Friday night's Babel Series lecture by Salman Rushdie in Kleinhans Music Hall, Just Buffalo Literary Center artistic director Michael Kelleher announced the lineup for Babel's 2010-11 season. Here's a quick rundown of the dates and authors, including the books audiences will be asked to read that will serve as the focus of each writer's lecture: *V.…

Buffalo has a long history of nurturing innovation in the visual arts, music and, especially, literature -- where many of the important trends in late 20th century poetry and fiction established a foothold in the stellar English Department at the University at Buffalo of the 1960s and 1970s.From Charles Olson's "Projective Verse" (best expressed in Robert Creeley's famous …

"Who would believe them winged/ who would believe they could be beautiful, who would believe/ they could fall so in love with mortals/ that they would attach themselves/ as scars attach and ride the skin," writes Lucille Clifton of "Sorrows," in a poem from "Voices," the 13th collection of her long and distinguished career published in September by Rochester-based BOA Edit…