Today, 3 p.m.: Reading by Chicago-based poet/artist Jay Besemer and Buffalo-based poet Celia White. Besemer, a Buffalo native and prominent voice in transgender poetry and poetics, is the author of four collections of poetry, including the recently published “Aster to Daylily” (Damask Press, 2014). White, a poet-librarian and co-founder of Urban Epiphany, is a multiple year winner of Artvoice’s Best Poet award and author of “Letter” (Ambient Press). Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St.
Today, 3 p.m.: Meet Rick Azar, a book signing with the longtime Channel 7 Eyewitness News sportscaster, Buffalo broadcasting legend and author of the memoir “Tales from Azar’s Attic” (Buffalo Heritage Press). Talking Leaves Books, 951 Elmwood Ave. (at Bidwell Parkway).
Tuesday, 7:30 P.M.: SUNY Empire State College Literary Series reading featuring poet George Grace. Additional reading slots available. Appletree Business Park, 2875 Union Road, Cheektowaga.
Wednesday, 7:30 P.M.: Readings at the RIC Series featuring poets Joan Murray and Joyce Kessel. Research and Information Commons, Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Raiders of Niagara Series reading featuring poets Michael Basinski and Mark Lloyd. 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 and novelist Sinead Tyrone, author of “Walking Through The Mist” (No Frills Buffalo Press). Additional reading slots available. Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road. $3.
Friday, 7 p.m.: Pski’s Porch Publishing book launch party for two new books by Marc Pietrzykowski: “The Emissary,” a novel, and “Straddling the Sibyl,” a collection of poetry. Tuscarora Inn, 128 Walnut St., Lockport.
Friday, 7:30 p.m.: UB Humanities Institute Conference : “Civil Wars: Narrating Horror & Hope” presents Nigerian author Chris Abani reading from his acclaimed novella “Song for Night” (Akashic Books, 2007), the story of an Igbo boy soldier in West Africa, surgically muted and trained as a human mine detector, who witnesses unspeakable brutality. Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, 341 Delaware Ave. (near Tupper Street).
Friday, 8 p.m.: UB Poetics Program reading by Toronto-based poet, performance artist and sexual activist Louise Bak. She is the author of the poetry collections “Tulpa” (Coach House Books, 2002), “Gingko Kitchen” (Coach House Books, 1997) and “emeighty” (Letters Press, 1995) and co-hosts “Sex City”, a Toronto radio show focusing on intersections between sexuality and culture. Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St.
Saturday, noon: The Lewiston Writers’ Group presents a Self-Publishing Workshop with book designer Mike Miller. Lewiston Public Library, 305 S. Eighth Street, Lewiston. Please RSVP by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.