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Buffalo, NY – Andre Codrescu scarcely needs an introduction to an NPR audience. He's been talking to us for years. But he's also a poet, novelist, essayist and teacher.

You can hear Andre Codrescu at 8pm Valentine's Day at Hallwalls, when the Just Buffalo Literary Center presents "A Stake in the Heart." The evening will include vampire films, a "My Bloody Valentine" poetry contest, music, food and drinks.

Click the "listen" icon above to hear Codrescu in Spoken Arts.

Buffalo, NY – Poetry has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years. And people aren't satisfied with dusty tomes. They want to hear the spoken word. From coffee house readings to the Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, poetry is leaping into popular culture once again.

Buffalo, NY – The smooth song stylings of jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson shift into the blues with her latest release.

Her newest CD, "In Blue, has been topping jazz radio charts since it came out in August.

Wednesday night Allyson brings her special blend of the blues to Buffalo.

She'll be performing at 7:30 Wednesday night at the new Sphere Entertainment Complex on Main Street downtown.

Allyson's been called the "stuff that shivers are made of," "deliciously moody," even "spiritual."

Buffalo, NY – The Albright Knox Art Gallery has launched yet another banner exhibition. "Modigliani and the Artists of Montparnasse" is the first major exhibit of the modernist pioneer's work in 40 years. The show, which opened last week, follows a series of successful banner exhibitions for the gallery in the past few years.

Buffalo, NY – GLYS was founded nearly twenty years ago with an aim to serve gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans-gendered and questioning youth ages 14 to 21.

It's funded by the New York State Health Department and Child and Family Services, among others.

It stands for Gay and Lesbian Youth Services.

One of the services GLYS provides is a writer-in-residence.

Mary Van Vorst spoke with writer Sherry Robbins and three of the young writers GLYS serves for this Spoken Arts.

Mary Van Vorst talks with author Jeff Durstewitz

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Pulitzer-Prize winning Poet Lucille Clifton talks about her work in advance of a visit to Buffalo

The New York Times has written of Carl Dennis' poetry that it is "wise, original and often deeply moving." Dennis, an award winning UB English professor, now has eight collections of poetry. His new one is titled "Practical Gods."

Buffalo, NY – Last week's snow storm took its toll on the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. The conservatory was forced to temporarily close due to severe damage from the heavy snow.

Buffalo, NY – After 35 years, the classical music critic for the Buffalo News is officially retiring today.

Herman Trotter started reviewing concerts as a free-lancer before replacing John Dwyer as the full-time classical reviewer in 1977. He had also written program notes for the former Buffalo Symphonette and the Philharmonic. while working other full-time jobs.

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