Buffalo Leaves and Lit: Poetics Plus @ WNYBAC

Art, Books, Culture & Arts


Written by Emma Janicki-Gechoff

Published on September 26, 2016

Photo x Getty Images

Photo x Getty Images

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, StepOut 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 Event: Aja Couchois Duncan @ Poetics Plus Reading

Western New York Book Arts Center (WNYBAC), 468 Washington St, Buffalo
Friday, Sept. 30 @ 8:00 p.m.  /  Free
More Info  /  Full Fall 2016 Poetics Plus Calendar

Scholarly Eats: Oshun

5 E Huron St, Buffalo
Open Friday for dinner 5:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Make reservations by calling 716-848-4500, or through OpenTable
Restaurant Info  /  Slurp & Be Merry at Oshun

The University at Buffalo is seriously full of public events across the city for the scholarly type. If you’ve never attended a Poetics Plus Reading, you’re in for a real treat this week!
This one-of-a-kind reading series takes place every semester and is sponsored by UB’s Poetics Program in the English Department. But have no fear – no old, dead white dude poetry here! The Poetics Plus series brings some incredibly intriguing contemporary experimental poets from around the world to take part in the seminars of UB’s graduate Poetics students as well as Buffalo’s larger poetic community.
And while the discussions can sometimes get – okay, always get – pretty academic, anyone can get into the always-thought-provoking poems. Get ready to have your understanding of language, poetry, and art – and concept of what a good time is – challenged.
This Friday, Sept. 30, Poetics Plus brings Ojibwe, French, and Scottish educator and writer Aja Couchois Duncan to WNYBAC. If you’re into maps – then get excited, because Duncan will read from her book Restless Continent, which explores “cartography, ethnography, and the histories of sentient experience,” according to the Poetics Plus brochure.


Oshun / Step Out Buffalo

Since I can pretty much guarantee the reading will give you a lot to ponder, head a block up Washington to one of Buffalo’s fancy, tasty seafood spots – Oshun. I’d personally kick it pretty simple with either the Middleneck Clams steamed with white wine butter sauce, or fried calamari and picked veggies.
Or, hang out at the bar and drink your calories! (An $8 Bloody Mary, anyone?) The drinks are – surprisingly – well-priced: not too much, and not too cheap! Still, they’re fun sounding (check out the Dark & Squirrelly).
This is a Friday night like you haven’t had since you were a studious college student (right? Right!).

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