Today, 2 p.m.: WORDS Festival: “The Local and the Global” a conversation featuring Anthony Bannon, a writer and director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, and poet, performer and activist Ed Sanders, a leading figure in American poetics and counterculture for more than a half century. Burchfield Penney Art Center, SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Ave.
Today, 3:30 P.M.: WORDS Festival Performance: “3 Readers/3 Dancers/1 Poem.” Jon Lehrer of the LehrerDance Company invites three dancer/choreographers to create new works inspired by “Poem From Jail,” by Ed Sanders. The poem will be read by three different readers including Sanders, Michael Basinski and Annette Taylor. The dancers/choreographers are Melanie Aceto, Leah Fiore and Nancy Hughes. Burchfield Penney Art Center, SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Ave.
Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Talking Leaves Books and A Public Space magazine present “An Evening with Yiyun Li.” Li, a Chinese native now living in the U.S., is the author of the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning story collection “A Thousand Years of Good Prayers” (Random House, 2005) and “Gold Boy, Emerald Girl: Stories” (Random House, 2010), and the novels “The Vagrants” (Random House, 2009) and “Kinder Than Solitude” (Random House, 2014). She was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant in 2010, and named to both Granta’s Best Writers Under 35 in 2007 and The New Yorker’s 20 under 40 in 2010. Hallwalls Cinema, 341 Delaware Ave. (at Tupper Street).
Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Circleformance Series reading featuring poets David Landrey and Jane Sadowsky. Additional reading slots available. Meridian West Gallery, 1209 Hertel Ave. $7.
Wednesday, 6 p.m.: Reading by Robert M. Giannetti in conjunction with the publication of his new chapbook “Three Poems” by the University at Buffalo Poetry Collection, 420 Capen Hall, UB North Campus.
Wednesday, 7:30 P.M.: Screening Room Series reading featuring poet Sandy McPherson Carrubba. Northtown Plaza Business Center, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. $2.
Thursday, 2:25 P.M.: Buffalo Seminary presents its annual Elizabeth McNulty Wilkinson Poetry Reading featuring poet and educator Charlotte Mears, a Buffalo Seminary alumna who now lives in Madison, Miss., and is author of the debut poetry collection “Sweet Air.” 205 Bidwell Parkway.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Raiders of Niagara Series reading by Syracuse-based poets Michelle Bonczek and Robert Evory. Bonczek is the author of “The Art of the Nipple” (Orange Monkey Publishing 2013) and “The Ghosts of Lost Animals” (Trio House Press, 2014). Robert Evory, a creative writing fellow at Syracuse University, is poetry editor for the journal Salt Hill and the co-founder and managing editor for The Poet’s Billow. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.
Friday, 7 p.m.: Giants of Buffalo: Journalism, a reception and program honoring award-winning Buffalo News investigative reporters Lou Michel and Dan J. Herbeck, co-authors of the New York Times best-seller, “American Terrorist” (Harper Books). Buffalo History Museum. Visit www.buffalohistory.org or call 716-873-9644 extension 0 for ticket information.
Friday, 8 p.m.: Just Buffalo Studio Series reading by Clark Coolidge, legendary experimental poet and jazz musician whose work is closely associated with both the New York School of poets, and the Language movement of poets and writers that followed them. He is the author of more than 40 books, most recently “This Time We Are Both” (Ugly Duckling Press, 2010), “Book Beginning What and Ending Away” (Fence Books, 2013) and “88 Sonnets” (Fence Books, 2013). Western New York Book Arts Center, second floor, 468 Washington St.