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Buffalo, NY – A month long poetry celebration ends on Sunday, April 27 with one last, breathless event in Buffalo.

The five-hour long poetry marathon, called Urban Epiphany, will feature non-stop recitations by more than one hundred local poets.

In the last of our special series previewing the event, WBFO's Joyce Kryszak showcases Celia White, one of the founders of Urban Epiphany.

You might say that Celia White breathes poetry.

Buffalo, NY – Speaking of poets, William Shakespeare once wrote; "The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven.

Throughout the month of April, some of Buffalo's finest poets have been sharing with us their glances from earth to heaven.

This special WBFO poetry series is a preview of Urban Epiphany, a poetry marathon event next week featuring about one hundred local poets. This week's poet profile is Brian Lampkin.

Buffalo, NY – It's April - spring is in the air - and so is poetry! Throughout the month of April, communities are celebrating National Poetry Month.

About a hundred local poets will gather on April 27 for an Urban Epiphany. The marathon poetry event will feature the poets reciting their work. As a preview, each Sunday this month, WBFO will feature a few of them.

Buffalo, NY – Throughout the month of April, literary lovers everywhere come together to celebrate National Poetry Month. And later this month in Buffalo, there will be an Urban Epiphany of Poetry. The marathon poetry event will introduce some of the areas most talented poets. As a preview, today and each Sunday this month, WBFO features a few of them.

Chautauqua Institution, NY – A crane has been moved to the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater to help keep the roof from collapsing.

Heavy snow accumulation has cracked a wooden support beam and caused some roof sag in the 1893 building.

The amphitheater is not used during the winter months.

It is the venue for the Institution's lectures and concerts during the nine-week summer season.

There is no estimate yet on what it will cost for repairs.

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.