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HIST – Poetry & Performance

Join us for an evening of poetry and performance w/ James Belflower and Matthew Klane, Julianne Neely, Jakob Maier, and Robin Lee Jordan.



James Belflower is a Teaching Assistant Professor at Siena College. As an interdisciplinary poet and critic, his work investigates how language mingles us with matter. He is the coauthor of the multimedia project Canyons (Flimb Press 2016) with Matthew Klane; The Posture of Contour (Spring Gun Press, 2013); Commuter (Instance Press, 2009); and Bird Leaves the Cornice, winner of the 2011 Spring Gun Press Chapbook Prize. His work appears, or is forthcoming, in Postmodern Culture, Journal of Modern Literature, Diagram, and New Delta Review, among others.

Matthew Klane has an MA in Poetics from SUNY Buffalo and an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His books of poetry include Hist (w/ James Belflower, Calamari 2022), Canyons (w/ James Belflower, Flimb Press 2016), Che (Stockport Flats 2013) and B (Stockport Flats 2008). An e-chapbook from Of the Day is online at Delete Press, an e-book My is online at Fence Digital, and a chapbook Poetical Sketches is available from The Magnificent Field. He currently lives and writes in Albany, NY.

Julianne Neely received her MFA degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she received the Truman Capote Fellowship, the 2017 John Logan Poetry Prize, and a Schupes Fellowship for Poetry. She is currently a Poetics PhD candidate and an English Department Fellow at the University at Buffalo. Her writing has been published in Hyperallergic, VIDA, The Poetry Project, The Rumpus, The Iowa Review and more. She has three chapbooks out with Slope Editions, garden-door Press, and Foundlings Press.

Jakob Maier is a writer and editor in Syracuse, NY. He is the author of BOX OF SWORDS (Foundlings, 2021) and CONVERSATIONS (Ghost City Press, 2017), and his manuscript HAPPY HOUR IN THE DECLINE OF CIVILIZATION was the runner-up for the 2022 Anthony A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize from BOA Editions.

Robin Lee Jordan is a poet and collage-based visual artist with an interest in multimodal, interactive, collaborative creation. She wrote the chapbooks Morning Blessing Poems (Foundlings Press) and THEY ATE EACH OTHER UP (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), and occasionally maintains the (B)uffalo (A)rt (D)ispensary, a coin-operated, micro-art dispenser. She coordinates a creative writing center for teens at Just Buffalo Literary Center.


Friday, February 3, 2023


8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Fitz Books and Waffles
Fitz Books and Waffles
Fitz Books, 433 Ellicott St, Buffalo, NY 14203
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