Today, 2 p.m.: Poets and Writers Series reading featuring University of Rochester-based poet, translator and critic Jennifer Grotz, author of the poetry collections “The Needle” (2011) and “Cusp” (2003), both published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Grotz also teaches at the Warren Wilson College MFA program for writers and is assistant director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Avenue.
Today, 4 p.m.: Poetry and Dinner Night at the Woodlawn Diner featuring poets (and sisters) Claire Gay and Lauren Gay. Claire is the winner of the 2011 Arthur Axelrod Memorial Award from the University at Buffalo, from which she will graduate with her B.A. in English this spring. Lauren received a B.S. in Secondary English Education from Buffalo State College in 2010. The Gay sisters are the publishers of POPPress, an independent micro-press. Additional reading slots available. 3200 Lakeshore Road, Blasdell. $12, includes choice of two dinner selections. Call 903-3335 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for information and reservations.
Monday, 6:30 p.m.: Wordflight Series reading featuring Franklin LaVoie and John Rigney. LaVoie is a Buffalo-based artist, writer, theatrical set designer, and storyteller. Rigney is a local English teacher and co-owner of Second Reader Book Shop on Hertel Avenue. Additional reading slots available. Crane Branch Library (second floor), 633 Elmwood Ave.
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Earth’s Daughters Gray Hair Reading Series featuring Lorna C. Hill and Annette Daniels Taylor. Hill is a nationally recognized poet, playwright, actress, teacher, theater director, radio series producer, and the founder and artistic director of Buffalo’s Ujima Company Inc., a multicultural membership organization that is the oldest professional repertory theatre company in Western New York. Her best known play, “Yalla Bitch,” originated as a book of poetry by the same name, and was performed as part of the first International Women Playwrights Conference in 1986. Annette Daniels-Taylor is a playwright, poet, actor, teacher, singer and costumer. In 2009, she won the Emanuel Fried Award for Best New Play, “A Little Bit of Paradise,” which premiered at Road Less Traveled Productions in 2008. Her poetry has been included in Mom Egg, a collection of mother-inspired literature and her performance piece “Mama Songs for Children” has toured Western New York. Daniels-Taylor is currently writer-in-residence at Buffalo’s Langston Hughes Institute. Hallwalls Cinema, 341 Delaware Ave. $5.