Wednesdays at 4 Plus
Spring 2001 Poetry and Prose February 7 - June 8
at the State University of New York, Buffalo (Amherst Campus)

Richard Price
Prose Reading
RE-SCHEDULED for Fall 2001; Center for the Arts (CFA) Screening Room
Richard Price’s novels include Ladies' Man, Freedomland, Bloodbrothers, and The Wanderers. He wrote the screenplays for Clockers, The Color of Money, and Night and the City. Price lives in New York City. Web resources: New York Times compilation on Price, Random House information.

Leonel Lienlaf
El mundo no se podía escribir / The World Could Not Be Written
Mon., Feb. 12, noon; 540 Clemens Hall
Poetry Reading (ñ series)
Tues., Feb. 13, 4:30pm; 420 Capen Hall
Lienlaf, a Mapuche poet from Chile, writes, performs, and sings in Mapudungun and Spanish. The author of Se ha despertado el ave de mi corazón, Lienlaf appears in UL: Four Mapuche Poets and wrote the script for a film promoting environmental activism along Chile's Bíobío River. See also Gordon Brotherston on "Native Testimony in the Americas."

Michael Gizzi and Gillian McCain
Poetry Reading
Weds., Feb. 14, 4pm; CFA Screening Room
Michael Gizzi is the author of No Both (Figures/Hard Press), Continental Harmony (Roof), and a new poetry CD, cured in the going bebop. He lives in the Berkshires. Gillian McCain is author of two books of poetry from The Figures: Religion and Tilt. She is co-author (with Legs McNeil) of Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk. She lives in New York City.

Jed Rasula and Darren Wershler-Henry
Poetry Reading
Weds., Feb. 21, 4pm; CFA Screening Room
Rasula is the author of American Poetry Wax Museum: 1940-1990 and coeditor of Imagining Language. He is a professor at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. Wershler-Henry is the editor of Coach House Books. He is the author of NICHOLODEON: a book of lowerglyphs and the tapeworm foundary. He lives in Toronto.

Fiona Templeton
Steve McCaffery
Poetry Performance
Sat., Feb. 24, 8pm; Steel Bar (551 Tri-Main Building, Buffalo)
Templeton's poetry publications and site-specific performance works include YOU - The City, Cells of Release and Hi Cowboy.  McCaffery’s new selected works, Seven Pages Missing, is due out from Coach House Books.  He teaches at York University in Toronto. $3 donation.

Kathleen Fraser
Poetry Reading (Poetry Committee Reading)
Weds., Feb 28, 4pm; CFA Screening Room
Thurs., Mar. 1, 12:30pm; 438 Clemens Hall
Kathleen Fraser is the author of a collection of essays, Translating the Unspeakable: Poetry and the Innovative Necessity, and a selected poems Il Cuore: The Heart. Her latest book is 20th Century. She is the founding editor of the new on-line journal HOW2. Fraser lives in Rome and San Francisco.

Humberto Ak’abal
A Conversatorio with Humberto Ak’abal
Voz y poesía/Voice and Poetry (ñ series)
Ak’abal, a K’iche’ Maya poet who writes in both K’iche’ and Spanish, has been translated into French, English, German, and Italian. In 1993 he won the Quetzal de Oro prize.

Cecilia Vicuña
Words within Words
Mon., Mar. 19, noon; 540 Clemens Hall
Screening and discussion of films "What is Poetry to You?", "Cloud-net," et al.
Tues., Mar. 20, 8pm; Hallwalls (2495 Main St., Buffalo)
Poetry Reading (ñ series)
Wed., Mar. 21, 4pm; CFA Screening Room
Vicuña is a Chilean poet, artist, and filmmaker living in New York City. Her publications include Unravelling Words and the Weaving of Water, QUIPOem/The Precarious, and Cloud-net.  She's exhibited her work at the 1997 Biennial
at the Whitney Museum; the Whitechapel Art Gallery, in London; and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, in Boston. See also Vicuña's site at "World of Poetry".

Robert Flanagan
Poetry Reading
Fri., Mar. 23, 7:30pm; Talking Leaves Books (3158 Main St., Buffalo)
Canadian poet Robert Flanagan is the author of several books of poetry including On The Ground and The Great Light Cage (Collected and New Poems).

Julie Patton
Poetry Performance
Sat., Mar. 24, 8pm; Steel Bar (551 Tri-Main Building, Buffalo)
Julie Patton's vocal "composaytions" are featured on CDs by Uri Caine and Barnaby McAll. Typographical Topographies is forthcoming from Tender Buttons Press. $3 donation.

Tan Lin
Poetry Reading
Weds., Mar. 28, 4pm; CFA Screening Room
Lecture: "T. S. Eliot and The Waste Land: The Use Value of the Obsolescent"
Thurs., Mar. 29, 12:30pm; 438 Clemens
Lin, the author of Lotion Bullwhip Giraffe (Sun & Moon), is presently at work on ambient stylistics and other environmentally and aesthetically friendly works. Boxes is forthcoming from Atelos. He teaches at the New Jersey City University.

Donald Revell
Poetry Reading (Poetry Committee Reading)
Weds., Apr. 4, 4pm; CFA Screening Room
Revell received his Ph.D. from UB in l980. He is the author of six collections of poetry, including There are Three, Beautiful Shirt, and Erasures, and translator of Apollinaire’s Alcools, all from Wesleyan. He is Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Utah.

Poetry Across the Frontier (I)
Poetry Reading in Toronto
Fri., Apr. 6, 8pm; "I. V. Lounge Reading Series" (326 Dundas St. W., Toronto)
Readings by Buffalo poets Rosa Alcalá, Christopher Alexander, Kristen Gallagher, Loss Pequeño Glazier, Joel Bettridge, Mike Kelleher, Linda Russo, Jonathan Skinner, Roberto Tejada; hosted by Paul Vermeersch.

Charles Altieri
Lecture: "Affect and Intention in Robert Creeley's Poetry During the 1960's"
Weds., Apr. 11, 4pm; CFA Screening Room
Altieri’s books include Painterly Abstraction in Modernist American Poetry and Postmodernisms Now: Essays on Contemporaneity in the Arts. A former member of UB’s English Department (1968-75), he teaches at UC-Berkeley.

Poetry Across the Frontier (II)
Canadian Poetry Festival
Sat., Apr. 14, 8PM; Steel Bar (551 Tri-Main Building, Buffalo)
Readings by Toronto poets Stephen Cain, Natalee Caple, Paul Dutton, Neil Hennessy, Scott Pound, Mark Sutherland, Steve Venright, and Suzanne Zelazo. $3 donation.

Digital Poetry Festival
Weds., April 18, 4pm; CFA Screening Room
Inauguration of "E-POETRY, 2001: An International Digital Poetry Festival" featuring performances by key participants. For details about the Festival, which continues through to Sat. Apr. 21, click on "Digital Poetry Festival" above for full information.

Release Party and Reading
Sat., Apr. 28, 8 pm; Rust Belt Books (202 Allen, Buffalo)
name is UB’s undergraduate literary magazine.

Derek Walcott
Thurs., May 17, 8pm
Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State College
Derek Walcott is the  winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize for Literature. Sponsored by Just Buffalo. $15/$13/$5; more info: (716) 832-5400.

ELEVATOR Postcard Project
Opening and Performance
Sat., May 26, 8pm; Steel Bar (551 Tri-Main Building, Buffalo)
Hosted by Mike Kelleher, featuring artist's books by Isabelle Pelissier and performances by poets from UB Poetics and elsewhere. $3 donation.

Michael Basinski
Reception and Reading
Fri., June 8, 7pm; Virginia Weiss Gallery, Empire State College (617 Main Street, 3rd flr., Buffalo)
Opening for Strange Things Begin to Happen When a Meteor Crashes in The Arizona Desert, with text by Basinki, design by Luigi-Bob Drake and prints by Wendy Sorin.

All Events are Free and Open to the Public (except as noted).

"Wednesdays at 4 PLUS" is a Poetics Program production sponsored, in part, by the James H. McNulty Chair, Department of English (Dennis Tedlock); the Samuel P. Capen Chair of Poetry and the Humanities (Robert Creeley); the David Gray Chair of Poetry and Letters, Department of English (Charles Bernstein); the Just Buffalo Literary Center; and the Poetry Society of America.  Poetry Committee readings are sponsored by the Abbott Fund. The series is produced with the cooperation of the Center for the Arts and the Department of Media Studies, The Poetry and Rare Books Collection (Robert Bertholf) and Talking Leaves Books. Poster design by Susan Bee. Series coordinator: Charles Bernstein. For further information call (716) 645-3810 or contact us at Visit our web site: for updates and additional information.