Monday, 7 p.m.: BABEL Extras: BABEL at Betty’s, bilingual discussion of Julia Alvarez’s 1994 novel “In the Time of Butterflies” with Tamara Alsace, Ph.D., director of multilingual education for the Buffalo Public Schools, and award-winning fiction writer, playwright and UB professor Gary Earl Ross. Alvarez will be the guest of the BABEL Series on April 3 at Kleinhans Music Hall. Betty’s Restaurant, 370 Virginia St. $10, $5 Just Buffalo Members/BABEL Series Subscribers.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: The Write Thing Reading Series featuring Erie, Pa.-based poet and spoken work artist Sean Thomas Dougherty, the author or editor of 14 books across genre including the forthcoming “All I Ask for Is Longing: Poems 1994-2014” (2014 BOA Editions), “Scything Grace” (2013 Etruscan Press), “Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line” (2010 BOA Editions) and “Broken Hallelujahs” (2007 BOA Editions). He teaches creative writing at Cleveland State University. Academic Commons, Fourth Floor, Main Building, Medaille College, 18 Agassiz Circle.
Friday, 8 p.m.: UB Poetics Program reading featuring poet and psychotherapist Kim Rosenfield, author of “Good Morning—Midnight” (Roof Books, 2002), which was named Small Press Traffic’s Book of the Year in 2002, “TRÀMA” (Krupskaya Books, 2004), “Re: Evolution” (Les Figues Press, 2009), “Lividity” (Les Figues Press, 2012) and “USO (I’ll Be Seeing You)” (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013). She co-founded and co-edited Object magazine (1993-2002) with poet Robert Fitterman and is part of the artist/writers’ collaborative Collective Task in New York City, where she lives. Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St.
Saturday, 8 p.m.: Just Buffalo’s BIG NIGHT Series event featuring poet Amy King, with a presentation by ethnomusicologist/record producer Ian Nagoski, and a performance of surrealist René Daumal’s 1926 theatrical text “Mugle” by the ensemble OOoo00, comprised of sound artists Lisa van Wambeck and Neil L. Coletta. King, who holds a bachelor’s degrees in English and women’s studies from Towson University, a master of fine arts in poetry from Brooklyn College, and a master’s in Poetics from the University at Buffalo, is the author of four volumes of poetry: “Antidotes for an Alibi” (2005); “I’m the Man Who Loves You” (2007); “Slaves to Do These Things” (2009); and “I Want to Make You Safe” (2011). She is at work on a book of interviews with poet Ron Padgett, received a MacArthur Scholarship for Poetry and was named the 2007 “Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere.” Currently, she is a professor of English and creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College, co-edits Esque magazine with Ana Božičević and Poets for Living Waters with Heidi Lynn Staples, and conducts research and interviews for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. 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.