Today, 6 p.m.: Book launch readings to celebrate the release of Morani Kornberg-Weiss’ debut poetry collection “Dear Darwish” (BlazeVOX Books) and David Hadbawnik’s new translation of Virgil’s “The Aeneid”[from Books 1 & 2] recently published as an LRL Textile Series chapbook, followed by a farewell party for Kornberg-Weiss as she leaves Buffalo for Los Angeles. Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St.
Monday, 7:30 P.M.: Wordflight Series reading featuring poets Barbara Cole and Kristi Meal. Cole is artistic director of Just Buffalo Literary Center and a 2011 Fellow in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Since 2000, she has been at work on a long poem project known as “foxy moron” inspired by her scholarly research on gender roles, women’s autobiography and the long poem. Portions of the poems have been published as the chapbooks “situ ation come dies” (Handwritten Press, 2002), “Foxy moron’ (Ubuweb Series), and “ear say” (Belladonna Press, 2008). Meal is the owner of Rust Belt Books and author of the chapbooks “TwentyTwo-first pallet” (Little Scratch Pad Editions, 2007) and “TwentyTwo - here, now” (Purple Loose Strife Productions. 2010). Her recent performance pieces include “Trust-Body in Digital World” (Trimania 2013, Buffalo Arts Studio, Buffalo) and “In-La’kech: I Am Another Yourself - Universal Technology Porn Application,” (Rust Belt Books, Buffalo). PAUSA Art House, 19 Wadsworth St. $5 voucher (applicable for food or drink).
Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Circleformance Reading Series featuring poets Jorge Guitart and Gunilla Kester. Guitart is a longtime professor of Spanish Linguistics in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University at Buffalo. His most recent book is “The Empress of Frozen Custard & Ninety-Nine Other Poems” (BlazeVOX Books). Kester, a classically trained guitarist and music educator, is the author of “Writing the Subject” and “Time of Sand and Teeth” (Writer’s Den Books). With Gary Earl Ross, she was co-editor of “The Empty Chair: Writings Inspired by Flight 3407.” Meridian West Gallery, 1209 Hertel Ave. (near Fairchild). $7.
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Earth’s Daughters Gray Hair Series reading featuring George Grace and Gary Earl Ross. Grace is the co-owner of Meridian West Gallery and the author of two books of poetry, “American Stonehenge” and “Night Wanes, Dawn” (Writer’s Den, 2012). Ross is a widely published novelist, short story writer, essayist, Edgar Award winning playwright (“The Best Woman” and “Matter of Intent”), retired professor of language arts at the University at Buffalo’s Educational Opportunity Center, and publisher of Writers’ Den Books. His most recent books include “The Wheel of Desire” (2000), “Shimmerville” (2002), and Blackbird Rising: A Novel of the American Spirit (Full Court Press, 2009). Hallwalls Cinema, 341 Delaware Ave. (near Tupper Street). $5.
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Jewish Community Book Fair presents: “Master Your Time,” a lecture, question-and-answer session and book signing with author Deborah Grayson Riegel. Jewish Community Center, Benderson Building, 2640 North Forest Road, Getzville. $12, students $6.
Saturday, 7 p.m.: Brighton Place Reading Series featuring poets Nura Yingling and Sherry Robbins. Yingling is a Virginia-based writer and educator who attended the University at Buffalo, where she studied writing with Mac Hammond and Ray Federman, and won an undergraduate writing award judged by Carl Dennis, in the early 1970s. Her first full-length collection of poems, “Holding Silence” has just been published by BlazeVOX Books. Robbins is an award-winning Buffalo writer, educator, former small press editor/publisher, Just Buffalo Literary Legacy Award recipient in 2012, and the New York State Teaching Artist of the Year in 2005. Her books of poetry include “Snapshots of Paradise” (1981) and “Or, the Whale” (BlazeVOX, 2010) her much-praised feminist response to a close reading of the ideas and structure of Melville’s “Moby Dick.” Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Tonawanda.