Today, 7:30 P.M.: The Screening Room Series reading featuring poet John Christopher. Northtown Plaza Business Center, 3131 Sheridan, Amherst.
Monday, 7:30 p.m.: Wordflight Series reading featuring poets Ken Feltges and Alifair Skebe. Feltges is the author of the full-length collection of poems and photographs “Before Things Change” (Minuteman Press, 2012). Skebe, an English professor at SUNY Albany, is the author of “El Aqua Es La Sangre De La Tierra: The Water Is the Blood of the Earth” (Finishing Line Press, 2008). PAUSA Art House, 19 Wadsworth St. $5 voucher (applicable for food or drink).
Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Circleformance Series reading featuring poets Kitty Jospe’ and Irene Sipos. Meridian West Gallery, 1209 Hertel Ave. $5.
Tuesday, 8 p.m.: BABEL Series Lecture by Suzan Lori-Parks, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright best known for her plays as “Father Comes Home From The Wars,” “The Book of Grace,” “Topdog/Underdog,” “In the Blood,” and “365 Plays/ 365 Days.” The recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant and a faculty member at the Tisch School of the Arts, she became the first African-American woman to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for “Topdog/Underdog” in 2002. Kleinhans Music Hall. $35.
Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.: UB Poetics Program presents: “Between Constrained Writing and Nomadic Poetry,” a talk by Jan Baetens, a leading cultural studies scholar, critic and theorist at Leuven University, Belgium. Poetry Collection, 420 Capen Hall, UB North Campus.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Book talk by Mariam Paeslack, a professor in the Arts Management program at UB and editor of “Ineffably Urban: Imagining Buffalo” (Ashgate Publishing), a collection of writings by Buffalo artists and activists that explores the “shrinking city” phenomenon. Several contributors to the book will contribute to the discussion. Copies of the book will be available at a discounted price. Hallwalls Cinema, 341 Delaware Ave.
Wednesday, 8 p.m.: UB Poetics Program presents a reading by poet and activist Dawn Lundy Martin. Her first book “A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering” (University of Georgia Press, 2007), was selected by Carl Phillips for the 2007 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Martin is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh. Just Buffalo Literary Center, WNY Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St.
Saturday, 5 p.m.: Reading and book signing by Buffalo-based poets Joyce Kessel and Trudy Stern. Kessel’s new chapbook is titled “Describing the Dark.” Stern’s recently released chapbook is “Taurus in Lake Erie.” Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.