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Silo City Reading Series July 2021

Silo City Reading Series: Peter Gizzi, Laura Marris, Shilpa Ray, Adam Zyglis

Join us for the return of the SILO CITY READING SERIES featuring poetry from Peter Gizzi & Laura Marris, a musical performance by Shilpa Ray, and visual art from Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Adam Zyglis.

Doors at 7:00 p.m. | Reading begins at 7:30 p.m.

Books available for purchase from Fitz Books online & at the event.

  • Advance tickets (with assertion of COVID-19 vaccination) required
  • Capacity is limited to 50 attendees
  • Temperature checks will be conducted upon arrival
  • CDC & NY State guidelines will be followed

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Saturday, July 31, 2021


Doors at 7pm | Reading begins at 7:30pm
7:00 pm




Silo City (Marine A)
Silo City (Marine A)
85 Silo City Row, Buffalo, New York 14203


Just Buffalo Literary Center
Just Buffalo Literary Center
(716) 832-5400

Featured Artists

  • Peter Gizzi
    Peter Gizzi

    Peter Gizzi is the author of Now It’s Dark (Wesleyan, 2020); Sky Burial: New and Selected Poems (Carcanet, UK 2020); Archeophonics (Finalist for the National Book Award, Wesleyan, 2016); In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems 1987-2011 (Wesleyan, 2014); Threshold Songs (Wesleyan, 2011); The Outernationale (Wesleyan, 2007); Some Values of Landscape and Weather (Wesleyan, 2003); Artificial Heart (Burning Deck, 1998); and Periplum (Avec Books, 1992). He has also published several limited-edition chapbooks, folios, and artist books. His work has been translated into numerous languages and anthologized here and abroad. His honors include fellowships from The Rex Foundation, The Howard Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and The Guggenheim Foundation. He has twice been the recipient of The Judith E. Wilson Visiting Fellowship in Poetry at the University of Cambridge.

  • Laura Marris
    Laura Marris
    Writer & Translator

    Laura Marris is an essayist, poet, and translator. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, The Yale Review, The Point, and elsewhere. Her work has been supported by a MacDowell Colony Fellowship and a Daniel Varoujan Award. Recent translations include Albert Camus’s The Plague, Jean-Yves Frétigné’s To Live Is to Resist: A Life of Antonio Gramsci, and Geraldine Schwarz’s Those Who Forget. Books she has translated have been shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize, the Scott Moncrieff Prize, and the French-American Foundation Translation Prize. With Alice Kaplan, she is the co-author of States of Plague: Reading Albert Camus in a Pandemic (University of Chicago Press, 2022). She is currently at work on her first solo-authored book, The Age of Loneliness, which will be published by Graywolf in 2024.

    (Photo credit: Matt Kenyon)

  • Shilpa Ray
    Shilpa Ray

    Shilpa Ray is a singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, NY. She has been compared to everyone from Blondie, Nick Cave, and Ella Fitzgerald, and has even opened for Elvis Costello in this wonderful paradise called Buffalo. For those who are really in the know, she has a sound that is all her own. Shilpa Ray is grateful to have survived the pandemic and can’t wait to scream her head off in a silo.

    (Photo credit: Ebru Yildiz)

  • Adam Zyglis
    Adam Zyglis

    Adam Zyglis is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for The Buffalo News. His cartoons are internationally syndicated and have appeared in many publications around the world, including The Washington Post, USA Today, The New York Times, and Los Angeles Times. His work has also appeared in magazines such as The Week, Time, and MAD Magazine. In 2013 he won the Clifford K. and James T. Berryman Award, given by the National Press Foundation. In addition to winning the Pulitzer Prize in 2015, he has been awarded several National Headliner Awards, the Grambs Aronson Cartooning with a Conscience award, and The Overseas Press Club’s Best Cartoon award. He has also served as president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. He is currently working on his book, You Know You’re From Buffalo If….

    (Photo credit: Sara Heidinger)

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