Tuesday, 7:30 P.M.: SUNY Empire State College Reading Series featuring poet Ann Goldsmith. Additional reading slots available. Empire State College, Niagara Frontier Center, Appletree Business Park, 2875 Union Road, Cheektowaga.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Tangential Readings, open format, poetry, prose, and spoken word performances hosted by George Georgakis. $2. Following the conclusion of the sign-up readings portion of the program, there will be a Robert Burns Birthday Supper ($5 for supper and spirits) during which the poetry of Robert Burns will be read. Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St.
Thursday, 5 p.m.: Book talk and signing with Buffalo native Molly Stevens, author of two award-winning cookbooks “The Art of Braising” and “The Art of Roasting.” Larkinville/Larkin Square, 745 Seneca St. (intersection of Seneca and Swan Streets). Free and open to the public.
Saturday, 8 p.m.: Just Buffalo’s BIG NIGHT Series event featuring award-winning poet John Beer, with media artist and educator Terry Cuddy, and videomaker Goda Trakumaite. Beer is the author of the much-praised “The Waste Land and Other Poems” (Canarium Books, 2010), winner of the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. His poetry and theater criticism has appeared in Verse, the Denver Quarterly, Chicago Review and other magazines. He lives in Portland, Ore., and teaches creative writing at Portland State University. Cuddy, who studied media arts production at the University at Buffalo, lives in Auburn, where he writes, plays and records music with his wife, Beth, in the group A Cast of Thousands. His current project is an animated version of his one-act play “Dr. Steadfast’s Last Migraine.” Trakumaite is director of programming and outreach at Buffalo’s media art center, Squeaky Wheel. A former philosophy student, her creative work involves “reading, writing, drawing, video-making, and doing things outside.” With food creations by BlazeVox Books publisher and gourmet chef Geoffrey Gatza. Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. (near Mohawk Street). $5, $4 students, Just Buffalo members, and members of its affiliate organizations.