Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Buffalo, NY—Just Buffalo Literary Center is pleased to announce the following poetry events throughout the month of October 2008. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit http://www.justbuffalo.org/.

Wednesday, 10/1: Just Buffalo/Center for Inquiry present Center for Inquiry Literary Café featuring Earth’s Daughters, at 7:30 p.m. at Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Rd., Amherst.

Earth’s Daughters is the longest-running extant feminist literary journal in the United States. It is run by a collective of women who volunteer their time and passion to supporting poetry. Five of the local editors will be reading from their original works: Kastle Brill, Jennifer Campbell, Joyce Kessel, Janna Willoughby, and Ryki Zuckerman.

Monday, 10/6: Exhibit X Fiction and Prose Fiction Reading with Bragi Olafsson, at 8:00 p.m. at Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 220 North St. at Elmwood, Buffalo.

Presented by Just Buffalo, SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo State College, and Talking Leaves Books.

Bragi Ólafsson was born in Reykjavik, and is most well known for playing in Björk's first band, The Sugarcubes. He is the author of several books of poetry and short stories, and four novels, including Time Off, which was nominated for the Icelandic Literature Prize in 1999 (as was The Pets), and Party Games, for which Bragi received the DV Cultural Prize in 2004. His most recent novel-The Ambassador-was a finalist for the 2008 Nordic Literature Prize and received the Icelandic Bookseller's Award as best novel of the year. Bragi is also one of the founders of the publishing company Smekkleysa (Bad Taste), and has translated Paul Auster's The Glass City into Icelandic.

Saturday, 10/11: Just Buffalo Interdisciplinary Performance Series: Music and Poetry, featuring One World Tribe, Vonetta Rhodes, and Marquis B. Burton AKA Ten Thousand, at 8:00 p.m. at The Tralf, 622 Main St., Buffalo. Tickets are $5 General Admission, $3 Students/Seniors, and Free for members of Just Buffalo. For tickets, call The Tralf box office at 852-2860 or Just Buffalo at 832-5400.

Just Buffalo kicks off its Interdisciplinary Series mixing words and music with a performance by One World Tribe, one of the area's most popular live bands and a major proponent of reggae-funk-world beat music. In between sets, enjoy the high-energy spoken word sounds of Vonetta Rhodes and Marquis B. Burton, AKA "Ten Thousand." This performance is cosponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts—Special Arts Services and the New York State Music Fund.

Wednesday, 10/15: Just Buffalo/Hallwalls/Earth’s Daughter’s Magazine present The Gray Hair Series reading featuring Don Mitchell and Ruth Thompson at 7:30 p.m. at Hallwalls Cinema, Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave. at Tupper, Buffalo.Don Mitchell grew up on the island of Hawai’i. Although as a Stanford undergraduate his professors encouraged him to attempt a career as a writer, he went to Harvard for an anthropology PhD instead.

As a graduate student and professor at Buffalo State he specialized in ecological anthropology, but in the mid-nineties he turned his attention to the emerging field of humanistic anthropology, winning the Society for Humanistic Anthropology’s Poetry and Fiction prizes. Along the way he has been a photographer, marathoner and ultra-marathoner, professional road race timer, computer programmer, and renovator of old houses. His poetry, fiction, and photographs have appeared in Humanistic Anthropology, Green Mountains Review, New Millennium Writings, Discover, Boston Phoenix, and elsewhere. His story "Dog Food" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and "Slip Pivot" won second place in the New Millennium Writings competition. Much of his work is based on years of living among the Nagovisi people of Bougainville (Papua New Guinea). He is working on a novel set on the island during its brutal decade-long secessionist war. He divides his time between Colden and Hawai’i.

Ruth Thompson grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and spent her working life in Los Angeles. In 2007, her poem "Fat Time" won the New Millennium Writings Award and her poem sequence "Family Album" won second place in the William Faulkner/Pirate's Alley poetry contest. Other work has appeared in Sonora Review, Comstock Review, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, River Styx, 13th Moon, and elsewhere. Ruth received a BA from Stanford and a Ph.D. in American literature from Indiana University, and has been a university professor, librarian, community network organizer, college administrator, yoga teacher, and poetry editor of The Eclipse literary magazine. In 2005 she left academia to live in a farmhouse in Colden, New York with her long-lost college sweetheart, teach yoga and meditation, and work on her first book of poems.

Wednesday, 10/15: Just Buffalo/Poetics Plus/SUNY Buffalo present a performance by Bruce Andrews at 8:00 p.m. at Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 435 Porter Ave., Buffalo.Bruce Andrews is a poet and performance artist and the author of over 30 books of poetry and of Paradise and Method: Poetics and Praxis, a collection of innovative critical essays.

Andrews was co-editor, with Charles Bernstein, of The L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Book. Andrews has taught Political Science at Fordham University since 1975 with a focus on global capitalism, U.S. imperialism and the politics of communication.

Thursday, 10/16: Just Buffalo/Small Press Poetry present Poetry Reading by Kim Rosenfeld and Marie Buck, at 7:00 p.m. at Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St., Buffalo.

Kim Rosenfield is the author of three books of poetry; Good Morning--Midnight-- (Roof Books 2001), which won Small Press Traffic's Book of the Year award in 2002, Tràma (Krupskaya 2004). and re: evolution (forthcoming from Les Figues press 2008). She lives in NYC with her husband, poet Robert Fitterman and their daughter, Coco.

Marie Buck's first book, Life & Style, is forthcoming from Patrick Lovelace Editions. A chapbook is available online at <http://www.beardofbees.com/>, and she also edits a little mag, Model Homes, with Brad Flis.

Saturday, 10/18: Federman @ 80: A Celebration. In celebration of world-renowned fiction writer, poet, and critic Raymond Federman's 80th birthday, writers and critics from around the country will offer a day of appreciations of Federman's writing. There will be panels during the day featuring contributors to the forthcoming SUNY Press book on Federman's work, and a star-studded evening reading tribute, featuring Federman himself. Sponsored by Just Buffalo, Starcherone Books, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Medaille College, the Department of Romance Languages at University of Buffalo, and the following endowed chairs at the University of Buffalo: the Melodia E. Jones Chair of Romance Languages, the David Gray Chair of Poetry and Letters, the James H. McNulty Chair of English, and the Samuel P. Capen Chair of Poetry and the Humanities.

Daytime Activities - Poetry/Rare Books Room, 420 Capen Hall, University at Buffalo North Campus, Amherst: Contributors to the forthcoming SUNY Press collection of essays, Federman at 80: From Surfiction to Critifiction.

1:00-2:30 p.m. - "A Life in the Text," with Dr. Larry McCaffery, Dr. Menachem Feuer, and Dr. Ted Pelton.3:00-4:30 p.m. - "Laughter, History, and the Holocaust," -- with Dr. Susan Rubin Suleiman and Dr. Marcel Cornis-Pope.Works by artists Harvey Breverman and Terri Katz Kasimov, with Raymond Federman as subject, will also be on exhibit in the Poetry/Rare Books Room, 420 Capen Hall.Evening Activities, Medaille College, Main Hall, Foyer and Lecture Hall, 18 Agassiz Circle, Buffalo.8:00 p.m. - An Evening of Laughterature, Surfiction, and Playgiarism in Tribute to Raymond Federman. Readings and performances in order of appearance: Ted Pelton, Christina Milletti, Geoffrey Gatza, Michael Basinski, and Stephen McCaffery; a brief intermission; Charles Bernstein, Simone Federman, and Raymond Federman.

The reading will be followed by a reception and an 80th birthday toast.

Thursday, 10/23: Just Buffalo/Medaille College Write Thing Reading Series features Write Thing Presents: Christopher Schmidt, at 7:00 p.m. at The Library at Huber Hall, Medaille College, 18 Agassiz Circle, Buffalo.

Christopher Schmidt's first book of poems, The Next in Line, is forthcoming from Slope Editions in 2008. He is currently a doctoral candidate in English literature at CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. Recent poems and essays can be found in Tin House, Court Green, La Petite Zine, and Canadian Poetry.

Friday, 10/24: Just Buffalo/Poetics Plus/SUNY Buffalo present Erica Hunt at 8:00 p.m. at Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 453 Porter Ave., Buffalo.

Eric Hunt writes, "It is in the non-instrumental language of poetry in which the lapidary, the spare, mysterious, disjunctive, molecular, muscular, anagrammatic (and so on) provide previously undetected links to thinking and acting on alternatives and to building a just society.” Her books and chapbooks include Arcade, Piece Logic, and Local History. Currently, she is the President of The Twenty-First Century Foundation.

Tuesday, 10/28: Exhibit X Fiction and Prose presents The Alabama Boys and the Apocalypse: Fiction Readings with Allen Shelton and Charles McNair, at 7:00 p.m. at Hallwalls Cinema, Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave. at Tupper, Buffalo. Sponsored by Buffalo State College, SUNY Buffalo, Talking Leaves Books, and Just Buffalo Literary Center.

Charles McNair’s Land O' Goshen (St.Martin's Press, 1994) is “part allegory, part horror tale, and part apocalyptic prediction set in Alabama in the near future at a time when the Christian Soldiers are fighting the Rebels.” The novel received a Pulitzer Prize nomination for fiction. He’s currently Book Editor at Paste Magazine, a nationally distributed culture and music publication. His writing has appeared in Saturday Review, Paste, Southern Living, The Black Warrior Review, and Negative Capability. His literary reviews have appeared in the London Times Literary Supplement.

Allen Shelton is an associate professor of sociology at Buffalo State College. He worked previously on AC Shelton's Angus Farm and with the Arthur Rollin’s carpentry crew in northeastern Alabama before taking an appointment as a lecturer at Auburn University in the winter of 1988. His new book Dreamworlds of Alabama 2007 from the University of Minnesota Press "striates threads from the author's childhood with invocations of Kafka, Marx, and Benjamin."

Tuesday, 10/28: Just Buffalo/SUNY Buffalo/Poetics Plus present Alan Halsey at 8:00 p.m. at Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 435 Porter Ave., Buffalo.Alan Halsey ran The Poetry Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye from 1979 until 1996. Since then he has lived in Sheffield, still working as a specialist bookseller and editor of West House Books. His many books include The Text of Shelley’s Death (1995), Marginalien (2005) which collects his poetry, prose and graphics 1988-2004, and a selected poems, Not Everything Remotely (2006).

Thursday, 10/30: Just Buffalo/SUNY Buffalo/Poetics Plus present Geraldine Monk at 8:00 p.m. at Hallwalls Cinema, Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave. at Tupper, Buffalo.Geraldine Monk was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, a former industrial cotton mill town in the North of England. Her major volumes of poetry include Interregnum (1995), Noctivagations (2001) and Escafeld Hangings (2005).

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