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Open readings return to Cheektowaga

It's been over six years since the last open poetry or prose reading in Cheektowaga.  For several years in the late 1990's a Walden Avenue bookselling chain store near the Galleria Mall partnered with Just Buffalo Literary Center to present open readings on Sunday nights in the store.  Then a corporate shakeup deposed that chain store's community relations director, and the readings were history.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) evening at 7 p.m., poetry and prose readings return to Buffalo's eastern suburb with the premiere of a new monthly open reading series on the campus of SUNY's Empire State College in the Appletree Business Park, 2875 Union Road in Cheektowaga.  The series is organized and hosted by Empire State College professor Carole Southwood, whose first novel Call Me Shady we wrote about in this space earlier this year.

The featured reader is Perry S. Nicholas, an English professor at Erie Community College North, with two chapbooks of poems Stars That Cover You and Rooms of the Atrium in print.  He is a two time Pushcart Prize nominee, an award-winning teacher, and a longtime advocate for good writing in the Buffalo area.  As is the custom here with the open reading format, there will be a sign up sheet at the door with ten "open reading" slots for poets and prose writers to share five minutes of new or time-tested work.  A brief reception will follow.

--R.D. Pohl

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