Dog Ears Bookstore is once again offering a free literary and art program for senior citizens.  Those 55 and older are invited to participate in the “Around The World & Back Home Again” Literary & Art Program that explores different countries around the world and their authors, artists and culture as well as local authors, poets and artists. 

On Wednesday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., a literary instructor will introduce participants to the work of local poet John Kryder and his work “On Friendship” (2021).  The theme “City of Good Neighbors” will be explored during an interactive group discussion.  

Kryder is an adjunct professor of English at Canisius College. He co-founded and for 18 years co-directed the Buffalo/Williamsville Poetry, Music, Dance and Art Celebration and for 10 years he was a contributing editor for The Potomac Journal of Poetry and Politics. He taught at Attica/Wyoming prison in the Consortium of the Niagara Frontier and his involvement in prisoner advocacy groups motivates and informs his academic work. At Canisius College, he teaches Freshmen English and honors seminars, and the Law and Literature and Journey in American Literature courses (https://www.canisius.edu/academics/our-schools/college-arts-sciences/faculty-and-staff/john-kryder). 

Following the literary discussion, Burchfield Penney Art Center will be on hand to guide participants in an art project and exploration of a local artist and their work. 

A graduate of Buffalo State College, Norma Joy creates art that serves as a reflection of her interactions with life and the world. Using color in an intuitive way, Joy allows the image to reveal itself, expressing the layered quality of time and space. She will reference the tradition of nonobjective abstract through the work of artist Harriet Greif and guide participants in making their own abstract piece of art.

Greif (1924-1988) was born in New York City and studied at Columbia University as a student of Architectural Drafting, and Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture, where she received a certificate in 1946. Greif came to Buffalo in 1947 with her husband, painter Seymour Drumlevitch, and taught drawing, painting and design at the Albright Art School from 1948-1954, after which she taught privately and at the State University of New York College at Buffalo. Greif began as a figure painter, but even as early as 1950 she was dividing her compositions into geometric bold color areas. Of her work, Greif has said, “My paintings relate to the natural world — space, sea, sky, land and light. They are a fusion of elements seen and sensed in nature.” (https://burchfieldpenney.org/art-and-artists/people/profile:harriet-greif/#harriet-greif). 

The program is limited to 15 participants and is completely free for senior citizens. All class materials are provided. In addition, a book of the highlighted author’s work will be raffled off among those in attendance.

The program will be held at Dog Ears Bookstore, which is located at 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, near Mercy Hospital. Street parking is available along Abbott Road and on surrounding side streets. The café will be open for food and beverage purchases.

Pre-registration is required for each session and can be made by calling the bookstore at (716) 823-2665.  

The Around The World & Back Home Again Literary & Art Program is a monthly series that features different countries and its authors and artists as well as local artists, authors and poets each month. The program is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Services Inc.

The 4th Friday Poetry Series at Dog Ears Bookstore and Café, located at 688 Abbott Road In South Buffalo, continues from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 22, with host Tim Joyce. This month’s featured poet will be Lynn Ciesielski.

Admission is just $5 per person, with all donations supporting literacy and educational programming at the nonprofit community bookstore.

Featured poets are given a chance to showcase their work for 15 to 20 minutes, while open mic slots entitle readers to present up to three poems, or approximately seven minutes of work. Poets are encouraged to present any work they choose, old or new, or simply read their favorite poems from other authors. Spoken word writing is also welcome.

The 4th Friday Poetry Series at Dog Ears Bookstore has been a beloved fixture on the Buffalo literary scene for more than 15 years. Those interested in being featured poets can reach Joyce via email at timprov61@GMail.com.

A new six-week Adult Writers’ Workshop is slated at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo. Classes will be held at 6 p.m. beginning Thursday, April 28. 

All participants will present current writing efforts that will be gently critiqued. Light refreshments are included, and the cost is $75 for all six meetings. Classes are held upstairs at the bookstore but may be moved to the patio, weather permitting. No initial cost for new members who want to come and try it out!                           

To register for the Adult Writers’ Workshop, please call the bookstore at 823-2665 or call John Schreier at 824-5174. For more information on Dog Ears Bookstore, please visit http://dogearsbookstore.org. You can also follow Dog Ears Bookstore on Facebook for frequent updates.

Dog Ears Bookstore will restart its popular after school program on March 22. The nonprofit community bookstore is located at 688 Abbott Road in Buffalo.

The after school program will continue through June 3 with sessions from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday sessions are reserved for grades K-2, Wednesdays for Grades 3-5, and Thursdays for Grades 6-8.

All after school sessions are taught by literacy specialists and New York State-certified English Language Arts teachers. Sessions for K-2 will feature story time, read alouds, and activities that focus on introducing youth to the love of reading. Wednesday sessions will feature a guided book club where youth will learn tips and strategies on how to become better readers in a fun and interactive way. Thursday participants will take part in Reader & Writer Workshops where they will read different short stories and learn strategies on how to become a short story author. Special presentations will also be scheduled. All class materials will be provided along with a small snack.

Adults do not need to attend with their child but must be mindful of drop-off and pick-up times. Parents are welcome to wait for their children in the café, which will be open for food and beverage purchases.

Pre-registration is required. Parents can register their children by calling the bookstore at (716) 823-2665. When signing up, please make sure to indicate which session your child will be attending.

The free workshops are made possible through funding by the Erie County Youth Bureau.

We would like to thank Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Erie County for their ongoing support of the arts in WNY, including programs offered here at Dog Ears Bookstore. Please know that your support is greatly appreciated!

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