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A Portland poet visits Silo City / Go into the wild at Talking Leaves

A Reading and a Talk
A Portland poet visits Silo City / Go into the wild at Talking Leaves


Saturday (6/20), 7pm in Silo City’s Marine A, Childs Street. Free

The Silo City Reading Series is the only high-profile, summer literary event in Buffalo, including musical acts and visual art installations. This event brings together the best of Buffalo’s arts and cultural community to interact with some of the most dynamic poets from Buffalo and beyond. After his reading at last year’s Silo City event, Zach Savich, winner of the Colorado Prize and the Iowa Poetry Prize, proclaimed that Silo City is “one of the three best poetry reading locations in America.” Be sure to come enjoy this rich experience!

Just Buffalo Literary Center will kick off its 2015 summer literary event, Silo City Reading Series, with Portland, Oregon-based poet Zachary Schomburg on Saturday, June 20th at 7pm. Sponsored by Art Services Initiative of WNY, Inc. and New York Council on the Arts, the event will also feature textual/visual artist Alana Kelley, music by Small Houses, and photography by Nick Torsell. The series is free, open to the public, and will take place in Silo City’s Marine A (Silo City, Ohio St at Childs St., Buffalo).


Tuesday (6/23) at 5pm at Talking Leaves, Main Street

Irus Braverman, Professor of Law and Adjunct Professor of Geography at UB, won a bronze medal in the Independent Book Publisher Awards in 2013 for Zooland: The Institution of Captivity, her look at the complex moral, ethical, and practical realities of zoos and zoo culture. On Tuesday (6/23), Talking Leaves will celebrate the publication of her new book, Wild Life: The Institution of Nature, which takes a similar deep look at the wild versus captive divide in species conservation, and at the complex issue of managing nature in the contemporary world.

Wild Life begins with the plight of a tiny endangered snail, and ends with the rehabilitation of an entire island. Interwoven between its pages are stories about golden lion tamarins in Brazil, black-footed ferrets in the American Plains, Sumatran rhinos in Indonesia, Tasmanian devils in Australia, and many more creatures both human and nonhuman. Braverman draws on interviews with more than one hundred and twenty conservation biologists, zoologists, zoo professionals, government officials, and wildlife managers to explore the various perspectives on in situ and ex situ conservation and the blurring of the lines between them.

Come join this thought-provoking exploration of the many meanings of “conservation.”

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