Today, 3 to 5 p.m.: Williamsville Central School District’s 14th annual Poetry, Music, Dance and Art Celebration featuring award-winning poet, translator and essayist Jane Hirshfield. She is the author of seven collections of poems including “Come, Thief” (Alfred A. Knopf, 2011), “After” (HarperCollins, 2006, shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize), and “Given Sugar, Given Salt” (HarperCollins, 2001), a finalist for the National Book Critics Award. Williamsville East High School Auditorium, 151 Paradise Road, East Amherst. Free and open to the public.
Tuesday, 7:30 P.M.: Empire State College Poetry Series featuring Ryki Zuckerman. She is a co-editor of Earth’s Daughters magazine, organizer and host of both the Gray Hair Reading Series and the Wordflight Reading Series, and author of the new collection “Looking for Bora Bora” (Saddle Road Press). Additional reading slots available. Empire State College, Appletree Mall, 2875 Union Road, Cheektowaga.
Wednesday, 7:30 P.M.: Just Buffalo Literary Café featuring poets Susan Marie, Don Scheller and Verneice Turner. Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.
Wednesday, 7:30 P.M.: Hilbert Visiting Artist Series: “The Politics of the Imagination: Unraveling Worlds and the Power of Fiction,” a talk by award-winning contemporary Appalachian novelist, short-story writer and essayist Ann Pancake, author of the novel, “Strange As This Weather Has Been” (Shoemaker & Hoard/Counterpoint , 2007) and the acclaimed short story collection “Given Ground” (2001). Hilbert College, William E. Swan Auditorium, 5200 South Park Avenue, Hamburg.
Saturday, 7 p.m.: Silo City Reading Series: Poetry reading and book launch event for Joe Hall, author of “The Devotional Poems” (Black Ocean Press, 2013) and (with Chad Hardy) “The Container Store, Volumes I & II” (Spring Gun Press, 2012). Silo City at Childs Street, 92 Childs St. Donations accepted.