Poetry & Literature Calendar / April 7-13
SUNDAY, 2 P.M.: Poets and Writers Series reading featuring Susan Dworski Nusbaum and Ryki Zuckerman. Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo.
MONDAY, 7 P.M.: BABEL at Betty’s: Book discussion of George Saunders’s 2017 Man Booker Prize winning novel “Lincoln in the Bardo” facilitated by Canisius College English Department professor and novelist Mick Cochrane. Saunders will visit Buffalo on April 18 to deliver a Just Buffalo BABEL Series Lecture at Kleinhans Music Hall. Betty’s Restaurant, 370 Virginia St., Buffalo. $10 Just Buffalo members, $15 general admission (includes refreshments).
MONDAY, 7 P.M.: Circleformance Series reading featuring poets Ken Feltges and Michael Czarnecki, with musician Kathy Moriarty. Additional reading slots available. Parish House, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 3107 Main St., Buffalo. $4.
TUESDAY, 8 P.M.: University at Buffalo Poetics Plus Series presents poet, critic, and disability studies scholar Michael Davidson, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of California, San Diego. His critical studies include “Concerto for the Left Hand: Disability and the Defamiliar Body” (U of Michigan, 2008), “Outskirts of Form: Practicing Cultural Poetics” (Wesleyan U Press, 2011) and “Invalid Modernism: Disability and the Missing Body of the Aesthetic” (Oxford University Press, 2019). His most recent collection of poetry is “Bleed Through: New and Selected Poems” (Coffee House Press, 2013). Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St., Buffalo.
WEDNESDAY, 5:30 P.M. TO 7:30 P.M.: Spotlight on Youth: open format poetry, spoken word, musical performance, dance, and visual arts series for young persons, ages 13 to 19. Call 832-5400 or visit http://www. justbuffalo.org for information. Shea’s Smith Theatre, 658 Main St., Buffalo.
WEDNESDAY, 7 P.M.: Spring Poetry Reading featuring Buffalobased poets Tom Dreitlein and Lissa Roads, with Missouri-based poet and performer Jeanette Powers and ECC South student poets. Erie Community College South, 4041 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park.
THURSDAY, 7 P.M.: Canisius College Contemporary Writers Series presents renowned alternative/underground cartoonist, graphic novelist, author, playwright, and educator Lynda Barry. Montante Cultural Center, 2001 Main St., Buffalo.
FRIDAY, 2:30 P.M.: Buffalo Seminary presents the 2019 Elizabeth McNulty Wilkinson Poetry Lecture and Reading featuring Rebecca Hazelton, author of “Fair Copy” (Ohio State University Press, 2012), winner of the 2011 Ohio State University Press / The Journal Award in Poetry, and “Vow” (Cleveland State University Press, 2013) . 205 Bidwell Parkway, Buffalo.
FRIDAY, 6:30 P.M.: “Babes in TeaLand”: Readings by poets Meghann Boltz, Brenna Dimmig, Skylar Jaye Rutkowski, and Jazz De Nero in conjunction with the opening of an exhibition of visual poetry collages by De Nero. Caffèology, 23 Allen St., Buffalo.
FRIDAY, 7 P.M.: Second Stage Writers Series reading featuring Rochester-based poet David Michael Nixon, and Buffalo area based poets Sinéad Tyrone and Lisa Wiley. Additional reading slots available. Grindhaus Café, 160 Allen St., Buffalo.
SATURDAY, 5 P.M.: Talking Leaves Books presents readings by David Nutt, Cheryl Quimba, and Joe Hall. All three are now Ithaca, NY based writers who formerly lived in Buffalo. Nutt will read from his just-released first novel “The Great American Suction” (Tyrant Books, 2019). Quimba, who formerly worked for Amherst, NY based Prometheus Books, now works at Cornell University Press. She is the author of the poetry collection “Nobody Dancing” (Publishing Genius, 2015) and the chapbook “Scattered Trees Grow in Some Tundra” (Sunnyoutside Press). Hall received his PhD in Literature from UB in 2018, and was a teaching fellow for Just Buffalo during his tenure in Buffalo. He is the author of the poetry collection “Someone’s Utopia” (Black Ocean Press, 2018). Talking Leaves Books, 951 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo.