Today, 2 p.m.: Burchfield-Penney Art Center Poets and Writers Series reading featuring poet, essayist, fiction writer, and translator Kazim Ali. A Buffalo-area native, he is the author of six books including the poetry collections “The Far Mosque” (Alice James Books, 2005), “The Fortieth Day” (BOA Editions, 2008), and the prose collections “Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities” (Wesleyan University Press, 2009) and “Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence” (University of Michigan Press, 2010). His forthcoming collection of poems “Sky Ward” will be published in the Spring of 2013 by Wesleyan University Press. Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.
Monday, 7 p.m.: Wordflight Series reading featuring David Sipos and Joe Todaro. Crane Branch Library (second floor), 633 Elmwood Ave.
Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Canisius College Contemporary Writers Series 10th annual Hassett Reading featuring Irish poet, playwright, and translator Seamus Heaney, winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. The author of more than 80 books in various editions, ranging from the early volumes “Death of a Naturalist” (1966), “Door into the Dark” (1969), and “Field Work” (1979) to his more recent volumes “The Spirit Level” (Whitbread Book of the Year Award, 1996), “Human Chain” (2010) and his second Whitbread Award-winning volume “Beowulf: A New Translation” (1999), Heaney is widely regarded as perhaps our greatest living English language poet, and, in the words of Robert Lowell, “the most important Irish poet since Yeats.” Montante Cultural Center, Canisius College, 2001 Main St.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Reading and book signing by poet Ruth Thompson, author of the new collection “Woman With Crows” (Word Press). A California-educated former English professor, college dean and yoga instructor, Thompson divides her time between Hilo, Hawaii, and Colden, where she is the publisher of Saddle Road Press. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Daemen College’s Readings at the RIC Series featuring poets John Marvin and Theresa Wyatt. Research and Information Commons (third floor), Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Talk by Andrew Kolin, Hilbert College professor of political science and author of “State Power & Democracy” (Macmillan), described as “the first book to link the repressive policies of the Bush administration following the 9/11 attacks to the larger history of repression and authoritarian tendencies going back to the founding of the republic.” Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Tangential Readings, an open format poetry and prose series host by George Georgakis. This month’s open reading will feature music by Tom Young. Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St. $2.
Friday, 7 p.m.: Riverrun Fellowship Talks featuring Leah Benedict discussing “The Fictions of Childhood,” and Kristina Darling speaking on “Cross-Disciplinary Practices: H.D. as Poet and Filmmaker.” Riverrun, a not-for-profit started by Patrick Martin to support and further the cultural activities and aspirations of the Buffalo polis, with a particular emphasis on bridging the academic and scholarly enclaves with the community at large, provides fellowships for UB English Department graduate students for their research and teaching. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.
Friday, 8 p.m.: UB Poetics Program reading by Miles Champion, a British-born poet, who now lives in Brooklyn. His books include “Compositional Bonbons,” “Placate,” “Sore Models” and “Three Bell Zero.” Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St.
Saturday, 8 p.m.: Just Buffalo Literary Center’s BIG NIGHT event series presents a tribute to poet Diane di Prima with poet Dale Smith and the Buffalo Poets Theater, directed by David Hadbawnik, presenting Di Prima’s “Murder Cake” (1964) with special cameo performances by San Francisco Poets Theater founder Kevin Killian and novelist, “New Narrative” author and editor Dodie Bellamy. Food creations by BlazeVox Books publisher and gourmet chef Geoffrey Gatza. Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. $5, $4 students, Just Buffalo members, and members of its affiliate organizations.