Tuesday, 12:15 P.M.: The Rooftop Poetry Club presents readings by poets Josh Smith and Fred Whitehead. International Students Reading Area, third floor, southeast quadrant, E.H. Butler Library, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Raiders of Niagara Series reading featuring poets Ken Feltges, Mark Fulk and Susan Marie. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.
Wednesday, 7:30 P.M.: The Screening Room Series reading featuring poets Loren Keller, Perry Nicholas and Amol Salunkhe. Northtown Plaza Business Center, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. $2.
Thursday, 8 p.m.: Just Buffalo BABEL Series lecture by and discussion with Russell Banks, author of novels “Continental Drift” (winner of the John Dos Passos Prize, 1985), “Affliction” (1989), “The Sweet Hereafter” (1991), “Rule of the Bone” (1995), “Cloudsplitter” (1998) and “Lost Memory of Skin” (2011). Kleinhans Music Hall, 71 Symphony Circle. $35. $100, series subscription.
Friday, 1:30 p.m.: The University at Buffalo Poetics Program presents “Hannah Weiner: A Symposium featuring papers by Maria Damon, Patrick Durgin and Judith Goldman.” The Poetry Collection, 420 Capen Hall, UB North Campus.
Friday, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Olmsted Parks Poetry Project at Rumsey Woods (attendees meet at Delaware Park Rose Garden): Talk by Buffalo entrepreneur and historian Mark Goldman, whose books include “High Hopes: The Rise and Decline of Buffalo, New York” (SUNY Press, 1983), “City on the Lake: The Challenge of Change in Buffalo, New York” (Prometheus Books, 1990) and “City on the Edge: Buffalo, New York, 1900-present” (Prometheus, 2007). Joining Goldman for the workshop portion of the program led by Lisa Forrest and Irene Sipos will be violinist Rachel Ostrander. Free, but RSVP to Lisa Forrest at email@example.com.
Friday, 7 p.m.: Reading by Jewish, German-born novelist Benjamin Stein, author of “The Canvas” (Open Letter Books), a psychological mystery featuring two divergent narratives about a Holocaust survivor and his diary, which is suspected to be fabricated. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.
Friday, 8 p.m.: UB Poetics program reading featuring Maria Damon and Patrick Durgin. Damon is a professor of English at the University of Minnesota and an organizer of the Poetix Collaborative at the Institute of Advanced Studies there. Her work includes “Poetry and Cultural Studies: A Reader” (co-edited with Ira Livingston). Durgin, who teaches literature and writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has published several essays on the work of Hannah Weiner, and edited two volumes of her work: “The Early and Clairvoyant Journals” and “Hannah Weiner’s Open House”. His Poets’ Theater script “PQRS” will be published in December. Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St.
Saturday, 8 p.m.: UB Poetics Program readings by Kristina Darling, Joe Hall and Kyle McCord. Darling is the author of six books of poetry including “Night Songs” (2010), “Compendium” (2011) and “Melancholia (An Essay)” (2012). Her new book “The Moon & Other Inventions: Poems After Joseph Cornell” will be published in 2013. Hall is author of “Pigafetta Is My Wife” and “The Devotional Poems” (coming, 2013). McCord is the author of books of poetry: “Galley of the Beloved in Torment” (2009), “Informal Invitations to a Traveler” (2011), and “Sympathy from the Devil” (coming 2013). He is a teaching fellow at University of North Texas in Denton. Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St.