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Poetry and the Park

Poetry and the Park
Ken Feltges open readin / A children's book about Sunny Buffalo

Photo of Ken Feltges by Rose Mattrey

Open Literary Reading with Ken Feltges

7:30 pm at Empire State College, 2875 Union Road. Free

On Tuesday (6/30), SUNY Empire State College is hosting an open literary reading featuring Ken Feltges. Feltges has been actively involved in the poetry and art scene of Buffalo for over thirty years, teaching, writing and shooting award-winning photography. He is a past winner of the Just Buffalo Writer-in-Residence competition and he was honored by Kenmore West High School with the establishment of the Kenneth Feltges Poetry Award, which is presented annually to talented young poets at the school.

Feltges is dedicated to encouraging writers of all ages and believes, “Good poetry is probably the truest voice out there about how people behave, why they behave a certain way. It’s a true voice because it’s a private voice, and it’s an honest voice. When you read a good poem, there’ll be a line that’s so good that it cuts to the bone. It makes you wince in pain, or it makes you blink in joy that they got it. That’s what it felt like. It’s the truest voice out there if people can get by the fact that they don’t need to be intimidated by it.”

Poetry isn’t typically written to be understood but written to make you feel. So, don’t be intimidated, come on out to listen and participate in this open reading at Empire State College, Appletree Business Park, 2875 Union Road, Cheektowaga. There are 10 open spots. Readers sign in at 7pm. This event is free and open to the public. There will also be refreshments.

Walking Through Buffalo in the Course of a Book

6:30pm to 8pm at The Paisley Peacock Boutique and Studio, 225 Highland Pkwy, Kenmore

On Wednesday (7/1), a book signing with the author and illustrator of the new children’s, Buffalo-based book will take place at The Paisley Peacock Boutique and Studio in the Town of Tonawanda on July 1 from 6:30 to 8pm. The book is written by Williamsville native Melinda Sippel and illustrated by local artist, John E. Kennedy, Jr. The book also includes artwork by Giacomo Balla, Piet Mondrian, Vincent Van Gogh, Georges Seurat, Charles E. Burchfield and Larry W. Griffis, Jr.

Released at the Buffalo Zoo’s BuffaloveFest last month, the 88 page illustrated book includes a clear, uncolored character named Barty who takes his dog for a walk through Frederick Law Olmsted’s historic Delaware Park. The book touches many of Bufalo’s most loved places: the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, The Buffalo Zoo, the Darwin Martin House Complex, The Buffalo History Museum, the Burchfield Penney Art Center and the Richardson Olmsted Complex.

According to the author, Melinda Sippel, she “could never find a book about Buffalo for her three young children, so she wrote one.” You can now grab your copy and share Buffalo’s beauty and history with the children in your life. They can walk through and muse over Buffalo’s historical history with Barty and his dog by their sides.

Published by Arty Books, “A Sunday Afternoon in Sunny Buffalo,” is available in glossy paperback and retails for $21.95. The book is also available at Buffalo Adore, Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe, The Buffalo History Museum, Burchfield Penney Art Center, on and

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