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.