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K. Lorraine Graham to be featured guest at Silo City Reading Series event Friday

There has been a change in the program of the Silo City Reading Series event scheduled for this Friday, July 11, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Perot Elevator, 100 Childs Street in Buffalo's historic grain elevator district.

Award-winning Bengladeshi-American poet Tarfia Faizallah will not be able to appear as originally scheduled, although she is hoping to reschedule at a future Silo City Reading Series event.

Taking her place will be K. Lorraine Graham, a poet, innovative prose writer, new media scholar and sometime visual artist best known for her poetry collection "Terminal Humming" (Edge Books, 2009) and the chapbooks “My Little Neoliberal Pony” (Insert Press, 2013), "Large Waves to Large Obstacles," a series of procedural translations from classical Chinese (Dusie Kollektiv, 2012), “And so for you there is no heartbreak” (Dusie Kollektiv, 2011), and “Emohippus Greeting Card – Fourth Series” (Emohippus Press, 2010). 

She is also a contributing staff writer for the Poetry Foundation, the literary arts curator for the San Diego Museum of Art and co-curator of San Diego's Agitprop Reading Series, and has taught literary art and digital rhetoric at the University of California, San Diego. Her second full-length collection, "Meta Horror," is forthcoming from Coconut Books. You can follow her various projects, writings, and publications at

Joining Graham will be Buffalo-based poet Cheryl Quimba, author of the forthcoming chapbook, "Scattered Trees Grow in Some Tundra" (2014), whose poems have appeared in the publications Dusie, Everyday Genius, 1913, and Phoebe. She is the publicist for Starcherone Books, and a teaching artist at the Just Buffalo Writing Center.

Also performing will be musician, sound and media artist Jax Deluca, perhaps best-known as the Executive Director at Squeaky Wheel/Buffalo Media Resources, but also a multitalented vocalist and composer/songwriter.
As with all Silo City Reading Series events, the evening will also feature a visual arts installation or component, in this case, from Phil Derner, whose work has been exhibited at Buffalo State College and the Center for Inquiry, who has been voted Buffalo's Best Sculptor three times by ArtVoice.

The event is free and open to the public. Those planning to attend should remember that access to Silo City via Ohio St. is closed for the balance of the summer while the street undergoes construction.  The best access to the Silo City site from the north is via South Michigan Avenue over the Buffalo River and then left onto Ganson St. to its terminus at Childs St.

--R.D. Pohl

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