Buffalo has a strong literary undercurrent. Just as important contemporary literary figures live and work among us layfolk today (check that noun usage off on my writing bucket list), our city has a wonderful history of welcoming authors, poets, filmmakers, and artists.
This fall, Step Out will help you keep your scholarly interests alive with the “Buffalo’s Leaves and Lit”weekly guide. We’ll alert you to the high-minded going-ons around Buffalo – dinner and drink recommendations included (you know us).
Scholarly Activity: Inner Ear Reading Series – Fischer & Mesmer AND Six Hours – Douglas Farrand
Rust Belt Books at 15 Grant St., Buffalo
Sunday, Nov. 20
1-3 p.m. and then 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Scholarly Lunch: Pho Dollar
322 W Ferry St., Buffalo
Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Sundays
Rust Belt Books, home to the best second-hand book shopping in the city (my humble opinion), is hosting a nearly full-day poetry extravaganza this Sunday, Nov. 20. Spend the day in their cozy backroom as Gail Fischer and Edric Mesmer read from 1-3 p.m. and then come back at 6 p.m. for Douglas Farrand’s performance of “Six Hours.”
Fischer and Mesmer are local poets, having lived, studied, and worked around the Western New York region. Fischer’s success dates back to the 80’s, when she won the Second Biennial Burchfield Center Poetry Competition in 1983 and became a professional staff member of the New York State Archives in 1990. She is currently living the dream on 97 acres of reforested land, helping to conserve the habitats of song and woodland birds. Mesmer is not only a prolific poet, having published chapbooks and critical works, but presently serves as a Cataloger to the wonderful SUNY/Buffalo Poetry Collection.
In between events, take a lunch break at Pho Dollar, one of Buffalo’s most beloved Vietnamese restaurants. Pho Dollar has a menu that’s making me drool all over my keyboard. Those vermicelli bowls? Lemongrass tofu? Vietnamese pancakes? Yas please!
Head back to Rust Belt at 6 p.m. for Douglas Farrand’s performance of “Six Hours.” Farrand lives locally, but has spent time living and performing in numerous countries. Farrand is a composer, musician, and helps lead a free music program for kindergarteners through 4th graders at Oakwood Avenue Community School in New Jersey. Make sure you’re nice and full – and maybe bring along some brandy – and strap in for Farrand’s experimental duration piece.