Fall 2004

State University of New York, Buffalo (Amherst Campus)


Ulla Dydo

Talk: “I am not I any longer when I see” (on Gertrude Stein’s Four In America)

Thurs., Sept. 9, 12:30 pm; 436 Clemens Hall
Dydo is co-author of Gertrude Stein: The Language That Rises: 1923-1934. She is also the editor of A Stein Reader and co-editor of The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Thornton Wilder.


Arundhati Roy

Talk / Live Interview: “Another World is Possible: A Conversation with Arundhati Roy,” hosted by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now

Thurs., Sept. 9, 8pm; Central Presbyterian Church (One Symphony Circle), $10

Arundhati Roy is the author of The God of Small Things and Power Politics. This event is co-sponsored by Visions for a Better World.



Poetry Reading

Wed., Sept. 15, 4 pm; Poetry / Rare Books Collection, 420 Capen Hall

Students affiliated with SUNY Buffalo’s Poetics Program read from works in progress.


Following James Joyce: Dublin to Buffalo

A Documentary Produced and Directed by Stacey Herbert and Patrick Martin

Mon., Sept. 20, Screenings at 12 pm and 4 pm; Poetry / Rare Books Collection, 420 Capen Hall

Following James Joyce: Dublin to Buffalo is a Bloomsday Centenary documentary. The Poetry Collection’s Joyce exhibition, A Centennial Bloomsday at Buffalo, runs through Sept. 22nd.


Alan Filreis

Talk: “Why Can’t Modernism and Communism Get Along?: Stevens’ ‘The Man with the Blue Guitar’ and Its Detractors”

Thurs., Sept. 23, 12:30 pm; 436 Clemens Hall 

Filreis’ books include Stevens and the Actual World and Modernism from Right to Left.


Le Sexe Qui Parle III featuring Susan Howe

Gender Week

Fri., Sept. 24; 120 Clemens Hall

2:30-3:45 pm: Student Poetry Reading

4:00-5:00 pm; Poetry Reading featuring Susan Howe

Howe is a poet and critic, whose books include The Midnight, Pierce Arrow, Kidnapped, and The Birthmark. Professor of English at SUNY Buffalo since 1989, Howe was recently named the Samuel P. Capen Chair of Poetry. 


Raymond Federman

Prose Reading

Wed., Sept. 29, 4 pm;  Poetry / Rare Books Collection, 420 Capen Hall

Federman is a novelist, poet, translator, critic, and scholar. His works have appeared in many major literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad.


Margaret Fisher and Robert Hughes

Talk: “The Music of Ezra Pound and its Relationship to His Literary Theories”

Fri., Oct. 1, 12:30 pm; Poetry / Rare Books Collection, 420 Capen Hall

Margaret Fisher is the author of Ezra Pound’s Radio Operas: The BBC Experiments, 1931-1933. Robert Hughes’s credits include the sound recording Ego Scriptor Cantilenae: The Music of Ezra Pound. Together they authored Cavalcanti: A Perspective on the Music of Ezra Pound.


2nd Annual Buffalo Indie Lit Luau

A Celebration of the Literary Arts and Small Press Publishing Culture

Fri.& Sat., Oct. 1 & 2, 9 am-4 pm; Medaille College


Bob Perelman

Poetry Reading

Thurs., Oct. 7, 4 pm; Poetry / Rare Books Collection, 420 Capen Hall

Perelman is the editor of Writing/Talks and sixteen books of poetry, most recently, Playing Bodies.


Myung Mi Kim

Poetry Reading

Wed., Oct. 13, 4 pm; Poetry / Rare Books Collection, 420 Capen Hall

Kim is the author of five books of poetry, most recently, Commons, and has been a professor of English at SUNY Buffalo since 2002.


Taylor Brady and Stephen Ratcliffe
Reading the Shape of Sound: Aesthetics of Aural Embodiment

Talk/Poetry Reading

Weds., Oct. 20, 7-9 pm; Rust Belt Books (202 Allen St.)

Taylor Brady is the author of Microclimates, 33549, and Is Placed/Leaves. Ratcliffe has published twenty books, including Portraits & Repetition and SOUND / (system).


Ammiel Alcalay, Ales Debeljak, & Semezdin Mehmedinovic
Balkan Poetry Festival

Talk: “On Balkan Poetry and Poetics”

Fri., Oct. 22, 12:30 pm; Poetry / Rare Books Collection, 420 Capen Hall 

Poetry Reading

Fri., Oct. 22, 8 pm; Just Buffalo’s Hibiscus Room (2495 Main St., Suite 512)

Slovenian poet Ales Debeljak is the author of The Child and The City. Bosnian poet Semezdin Mehmedinovic is the author of Nine Alexandrias and Sarajevo Blues (translated by Ammiel Alcalay). Ammiel Alcalay is a poet, translator, scholar, and the author of From the Warring Factions.


Ben Marcus

Exhibit X Fiction Series

Tues., Oct. 26, 7 pm;  Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center (341 Delaware Avenue)

Ben Marcus is the author of The Age of Wire and String, Notable American Women, and The Father Costume.


Derek Beaulieu, Greg Betts, & Rob McLennan

The Exchange Rate Reading Series

Poetry Reading

Fri., Oct. 29, 8 pm;  74 Cottage Street, Upper Apt.


Marcella Durand & Jena Osman

Poetry Reading

Tues., Nov. 2, 4 pm; Poetry / Rare Books Collection, 420 Capen Hall

Jena Osman is the author of four books of poetry and co-editor of Chain. Marcella Durand is the author of Western Capital Rhapsodies and former editor of the St. Mark’s Poetry Project Newsletter.


Matt Hart

Poetry Reading

Thurs., Nov. 4, 8 pm; The Library at Huber Hall, Medaille College

Hart co-edits the literary journal/art object Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety.


Marilyn Hacker

Oscar Silverman Annual Poetry Reading

Fri., Nov. 5, 7 pm; 250 Baird Hall

Hacker is the author of several books of poetry, including Desperanto: Poems 1999-2002 and Selected Poems, 1965-1990, which received the Poets’ Prize.


Brendan Lorber and Sasha Steensen

Poetry Reading

Fri., Nov. 12, 8 pm; The Hibiscus Room at Just Buffalo (2495 Main St., Suite 512)

Brendan Lorber is the editor of lungfull magazine and author of Corvid Aurora. Sasha Steensen is the author of A Magic Book, winner of the 2004 Alberta Prize from Fence Books.


Jalal Toufic
Flicker at Buffalo: Correspondences in New Media, Film and Poetry

Talk: “Saving the Living Human’s Face and Backing the Mortal”

Wed., Nov. 17, 4 pm; Poetry / Rare Books Collection, 420 Capen Hall

Film Screening

Wed., Nov. 17, 8 pm; Squeaky Wheel (175 Elmwood Avenue)

Talk: “The Withdrawal of Tradition Past a Surpassing Disaster”

Thurs., Nov. 18, 4 pm; Poetry / Rare Books Collection, 420 Capen Hall

Jalal Toufic is a writer, film theorist, and video artist. He is the author of (Vampires): An Uneasy Essay on the Undead in Films, Over-Sensitivity, Forthcoming, and Undying Love, or Love Dies. He has taught at California Institute of the Arts, University of California at Berkeley, and USC. He presently lives in Lebanon.

“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 Humanities (Susan Howe); the David Gray Chair of Poetry and Letters, Department of English (Steve McCaffery); the Butler Chair, Department of English;  the Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture; the Melodia E. Jones Chair in French, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. The series is produced with the cooperation of The Poetry and Rare Books Collection, the Department of Media Studies, The Electronic Poetry Center, the Center for the Arts, Talking Leaves Books, and Just Buffalo Literary Center

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