Tuesday, 4 p.m.: Reading by poet Jerry McGuire from his 2012 Outriders Poetry Project competition -inning collection “Venus Transit” published last month by the Buffalo-based press. McGuire, who received his Ph.D. in English from UB in 1981 and is the author of two previous collections, “Flagpole Dance” (1991) and “Vulgar Exhibitions” (2002), teaches Creative Writing, poetics and film studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. University at Buffalo Poetry Collection, 420 Capen Hall, UB North Campus, Amherst.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: UB Exhibit X Fiction Series reading by leading Russian contemporary novelist Mikhail Shishkin, the author of five novels, including “The Taking of Izmail” (1999, recipient of the Russian Booker Prize in 2000), “Maidenhair” (2005, winner of Russia’s Big Book Award and National Best-Seller Prize, both in 2006), and “Pismovnik” or “Letter Book” (2010, winner of Russia’s Big Book Award in 2011). Shishkin, whose work has been translated into 25 languages, is also the author of two story collections, and an essay collection (in German) “In the Steps of Byron and Tolstoy” (2002) that received France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger in 2005. In 1995, he moved to Switzerland, where he worked as a Russian and German translator for asylum seekers. He now splits his time between Moscow and Zurich. Hallwalls Cinema, 341 Delaware Ave. (near Tupper Street).
Wednesday, 7:30 P.M.: Reading and book launch event for “An Outriders Anthology: Poetry in Buffalo 1969-1979 and After” edited by Max Wickert, professor emeritus of English at the University at Buffalo and the publisher of Outriders Poetry Press. Several contributors to the anthology will be on hand to read from their work, and copies of the anthology and other Outriders books will be available for purchase at discount. Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St.
Wednesday, 7:30 P.M.: The Screening Room Series reading featuring poet/spoken word artist Janna Willoughby-Lohr (aka “MC Vendetta”) and poet/small press editor Fred Whitehead. Additional reading slots available. Northtown Plaza Business Center, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. $2.
Thursday, 2:25 P.M.: Buffalo Seminary presents the 2013 Wilkinson Chair Poetry Reading featuring Ann Goldsmith, author of “No One Is the Same Again” (winner of the 1999 Quarterly Review of Literature Poetry Prize) and “The Spaces Between Us” (2010, Outriders Poetry Project Press). Buffalo Seminary, 205 Bidwell Parkway.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: The Write Thing Series reading featuring poet and fiction writer Rachel B. Glaser, author of the story collection “Pee on Water” (2010, Publishing Genius Press) and the poetry collection “Moods” (Factory Hollow Press). Academic Commons, fourth floor, Main Building, Medaille College, 18 Agassiz Circle.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Poetry reading and book signing by poet and writer Michael Steffen, a Lancaster resident and author of three collections of poems including the recently published “Bad Behavior” (Brick Road Poetry Press). Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.
Thursday, 8 p.m.: UB Poetics Program reading/performance by Chris Mann, an Australian composer based in New York City. He works in the unique field of compositional linguistics, focusing on the technology and philosophy of speech. Since 1989, he has performed with the ensemble Machine for Making Sense, and more recently, as Chris Mann and the Impediments. He teaches at the New School in New York City. Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St.
Saturday, 5 p.m.: Reading and book signing of contemporary Chinese/Tibetan fiction in translation by area native Herbert J. Batt, co-editor and co-translator of “Song of the Snow Lion: New Writing from Tibet” (2000), “Tales of Tibet” (2001),”The Mystified Boat and Other New Stories from China” (2004) and “Ballad of the Himalayas: Stories of Tibet” (2011). Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.