Monday, 7 to 8 p.m.: First event of Buffalo Reading Invasion 2014 – a flash mob-like gathering to celebrate the role of reading, public space and community in our lives. Bring a book, a chair and several friends or family members for an hour of quiet reading in one of Buffalo’s best-loved public spaces. This month’s location: Bidwell Parkway, east of Elmwood Avenue running toward Buffalo Seminary and Potomac Avenue. Visit buffaloreadinginvasion.com/ for further details.
Monday, 7:30 P.M.: Wordflight Series reading featuring poets Stephen Lewandowski and Martha Rittenhouse Treichler. Lewandowski, a writer and environmentalist who lives in Bloomfield and is program director of the Lake Ontario Coastal Initiative, is the author of a dozen books including “Lake Poems” (Cockamamie Press, 1976), “Visitor” (White Pine Press, 1976), “Inside and Out” (Crossing Press, 1979), “One Life” (Wood Thrush Books, 2001), “O Lucky One” (Foothills Publishing, 2010), and “Under Foot” (May Apple Press, 2014). Treichler, who studied with Charles Olson at Black Mountain College in 1948, later took degrees from Goddard College and Dartmouth, before beginning a four-decade career as a teacher of English and French, and later a registered dietitian. She is the author of the poetry collections “From Black Mountain to Crooked Lake” (Foothills Publishing, 2010), “Living on a Dirt Road” (Foothills, 2011), and a forthcoming collection to be published later this year. She lives on a farm in Steuben County, where she and her husband, Bill, published the Crooked Lake Review, a journal of the history of upstate New York and the Finger Lakes region from 1988 to 2008. PAUSA Art House, 19 Wadsworth St. $7.
Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Lewiston Arts Café, an evening of poetry by Jennifer Campbell and acoustic music by singer-songwriter Tom Stahl. Campbell is a professor of English at Erie Community College North and the author of “Driving Straight Through” (Foothills Publishing, 2008) and “Supposed to Love” (Saddle Road Press, 2013). Lewiston Opera Hall, 732 Center St., Lewiston. $2, free to Lewiston Council on the Arts and Just Buffalo members.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Book release celebration for “Noah’s Ark” (BlazeVOX Books), a collaboration between poet Sam Magavern and artist Monica Angle that features 48 new poems by Magavern and 24 watercolors by Angle, inspired by sites along the Missouri River in Nebraska. Magavern will read at 8 p.m. PAUSA Art House, 19 Wadsworth St.
Saturday, 5 p.m. to sundown: The Silo City Reading Series presents an evening of poetry, music and visual art with readings by poets Philip Metres and Jon Rutzmoser, music by Wooden Cities, and art by Maude White. Metres, a poet, literary scholar and Russian language translator, is a professor of English at John Carroll University in Cleveland, where he teaches American literature and creative writing. His recent poetry collections include “A Concordance of Leaves” (Diode Editions, 2013), “abu ghraib arias” (Flying Guillotine Press, 2011), “Ode to Oil” (Kattywompus Press, 2011) and “To See the Earth” (Cleveland State University Press, 2008). He is also author of the critical study “Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront since 1941” (University of Iowa Press, 2007), and translator of “Catalogue of Comedic Novelties: Selected Poems of Lev Rubinstein (Ugly Duckling Press, 2004) and “A Kindred Orphanhood: Selected Poems of Sergey Gandlevsky” (Zephyr Press, 2003). Rutzmoser is a Buffalo artist, writer, and educator who co-edits Bon Aire Projects with Amanda Montei, teaches composition at the University at Buffalo, and serves as a teaching artist in Just Buffalo Literary Center’s education program. His books include “Not Yet And Yet Not Not” (Hysterically Real Press, 2014), “Seed Bed Head” (Hysterically Real. 2014) and “shhhh! it’s poetry” (Insert Blanc Press, 2013). The Perot Grain Elevator, Silo City, 100 Childs St. $10 (presale) to $15. Visit silocityreadingseries.com/ for information.