Today, 6 p.m.: Pure Ink Poetry Slam hosted by Brandon Williamson, featuring poetry performance competition and a book signing for previous Pure Ink winner Ben Brindise, author of the recently published poetry collection “I am a lid.” New location: The Gypsy Parlor, 376 Grant St. $5.
Tuesday, 7:30 P.M.: SUNY Empire State College Literary Series reading featuring poet Kathleen Shoemaker. Additional reading slots available. Empire State College, Appletree Business Park, 2875 Union Road, Cheektowaga.
Wednesday, 5 p.m.: Larkin Square Author Series: “Nathan on Warhol,” a book talk and book signing by award-winning novelist, short story writer and essayist Micah Nathan. The Filling Station at Larkin Square, 745 Seneca St.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Queen City Flash: Readings from editor Gary Earl Ross’ new Writer’s Den Books anthology of flash fiction written by Buffalo-based authors featuring contributors Josh Smith, Teresa Peipens, Corky Robert, Aidan Ryan, Veronica Hogle, Jill Twist, Tara Heavern and Lou Rera. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: “Going Vegan Over 50,” a talk and book signing by Buffalo area native Carol J. Adams, the feminist, animal rights activist and health advocate. She is co-author (with Patti Breitman and Virginia Messina) of a new book “Never Too Late to Go Vegan: the Over-50 Guide to Being Fit, Healthy, and Happy on a Plant-Based Diet.” Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.
Thursday, 7 p.m. to 9:30 P.M.: Tangential Readings, open format, poetry, prose and spoken word performances hosted by George Georgakis. Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St.
Friday, 7 p.m.: Fourth Friday Poetry Series reading featuring poet Joyce Kessel, author of the new chapbook “Describing the Dark” (Saddle Road Press). Additional reading slots available. Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road. $3.
Friday, 7:30 P.M.: American Repertory Theater and Living Poets Society present a publication launch reading for the Buffalo-based literary and arts magazine Steel Bellow featuring contributors Ryki Zuckerman, Ten Thousand/Marquis Burton, Mic Tha Poet, Michael Adam Gaut, Jeffrey Charles Naish and Edric Mesmer. Additional reading slots available. American Repertory Theater of WNY, Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 16 Linwood Ave. (corner of North Street). $5.