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Past Silo City Readings

Here is a complete listing of the visiting poets and local poets, musicians, and artists that have performed alongside each other in the historic grain silos along the Buffalo River as part of the SILO CITY READING SERIES since it began in the summer of 2013.

September 25, 2021

Silo City Reading Series featuring Danez Smith

Poetry by Danez Smith & Jazz De Nero
music by Steve Baczkowski
art by dntwatchtv

August 28, 2021

Silo City Reading Series featuring Vievee Francis & Porsha Olayiwola

Poetry by Vievee Francis & Porsha Olayiwola
music & art by C4W2
film by Mark Nowak

July 31, 2021

Silo City Reading Series featuring Peter Gizzi

Poetry by Peter Gizzi & Laura Marris
music by Shilpa Ray
art by Adam Zylgis

August 24, 2019

Silo City Reading Series featuring Nicole Sealey

Poetry by Nicole Sealey & Paige Melin
music by Little cake
art by Gareth Lichty

July 20, 2019

Silo City Reading Series featuring Eve Williams

Poetry by Eve Williams
music by Hop Hop
art by Edreys Wajed

June 1, 2019

Silo City Reading Series featuring Bob Hicok

Poetry by Bob Hicok & Kristianne Meal
music by Simon Joyner & the Ghosts
art by Shasti O’Leary Soudant

August 18, 2018

Silo City Reading Series featuring Kazim Ali & Marcus Jackson

Poetry by Kazim Ali & Marcus Jackson
music by UVB76

July 21, 2018

Silo City Reading Series featuring Hanif Abdurraqib

Poetry by Hanif Abdurraqib & Tom Dreitlein
music by dev11n
light installation Carlie Todoro-Rickus

June 2, 2018

Silo City Reading Series featuring Rachel McKibbens

Poetry by Rachel McKibbens & Marina Blitshteyn
music by Tim Rutili of Califone
art by Joel Brenden

August 12, 2017

Silo City Reading Series featuring Maggie Smith

Poetry by Maggie Smith & Annette Daniels Taylor
music by Bean Friend
dance by Nancy Hughes & Center Dance

July 22, 2017

Silo City Reading Series featuring Morgan Parker

Poetry by Morgan Parker & Rachelle Toarmino
music by Zoe Scruggs
art installation Zack Boehler

June 3, 2017

Silo City Reading Series featuring Mathias Svalina

Poetry by Mathias Svalina & Aidan Ryan
music by Cages
film by Mary Helena Clark

August 13, 2016

Silo City Reading Series featuring Ocean Vuong

Poetry by Ocean Vuong & Sherry Robbins
Music by Space Cubs
Installation by Projex

July 16, 2016

Silo City Reading Series featuring Natalie Shapero

Poetry by Natalie Shapero & Janet McNally
Music by Difficult Night
Art installation by Jaime Schmidt

June 25, 2016

Silo City Reading Series featuring Corey Zeller

Poetry by Corey Zeller
Fiction by Matthew Bookin
Music by White Buck
Art installation by Julian Montague

August 29, 2015

Silo City Reading Series featuring Bianca Stone

Poetry by Bianca Stone & Emily Anderson
Music by Julie Byrne
Installation by NP
Sound Installation by Jen Morris & Emily Anderson

July 17, 2015

Silo City Reading Series featuring Catherine Wagner & Lillian-Yvonne Bertram

Poetry Catherine Wagner & Lillian-Yvonne Bertram
Music & Installation by Flatsitter

June 20, 2015

Silo City Reading Series featuring Zachary Schomburg

Poetry by Zachary Schomburg & Alana Kelley
Music by Small Houses
Art Installation by Nick Torsell

August 8, 2014

Silo City Reading Series featuring Zach Savich

Poetry by Zach Savich & RE Katz
Music by Folkfaces
Installation by Kevin Kline

July 11, 2014

Silo City Reading Series featuring K. Lorraine Graham & Cheryl Quimba

Poetry by K. Lorraine Graham & Cheryl Quimba
Music by Jax Deluca
Live sculpture by Dave Derner

June 14, 2014

Silo City Reading Series featuring Philip Metres

Poetry by Philip Metres & Jon Rutzmoser
Music by Nat Baldwin & Wooden Cities
Artwork by Maude White

August 3, 2013

Silo City Reading Series featuring Judith Goldman & Joshua Ware

Poetry by Judith Goldman, Joshua Ware, & Joey Yearous-Algozin
Music by Winter Coats
Chalk installation by Bobby Griffiths & Dylan England

July 19, 2013

Silo City Reading Series featuring Matt Hart

Poetry by Matt Hart
Music by Pine Fever
Installation by Jason Seeley & Kyle Butler

May 4, 2013

Silo City Reading Series featuring Joe Hall

Poetry by Joe Hall
Music by Ahavaraba
Photography by Thomas Bittner

Featured Artists

  • Thomas Bittner (photography)
  • Zack Boehler (installation)
  • Joel Brenden (installation)
  • Kyle Butler & Jason Seeley (installation)
  • Mary Helena Clark (film)
  • Max Collins (installation)
  • Dave Derner (sculpture)
  • Dylan England & Bobby Griffiths (chalk installation)
  • Flatsitter (multimedia music & film)
  • Nancy Hughes & Center Dance (dance)
  • Kevin Kline (digital installation)
  • Gareth Litchy (installation)
  • Julian Montague (installation)
  • Frank Napolski (digital installation)
  • Projex (digital installation)
  • Carlie Rickus (light installation)
  • Jamie Schmidt (string installation)
  • Shasti O’Leary Soudant (installation)
  • Nick Torsell (photography)
  • Edreys Wajed (live painting)
  • Maude White (paper installation)

Featured Musicians

  • Ahavaraba (2013)
  • Bean Friend (2017)
  • Cages (2017)
  • Dev11n (2018)
  • Difficult Night (2016)
  • Flatsitter (2015)
  • Folk Faces (2014)
  • Hop Hop (2019)
  • Jax Deluca (2014)
  • Julie Bryne (2015)
  • Little cake (2019)
  • Pine Fever (2013)
  • Nat Baldwin of The Dirty Projectors (2014)
  • Simon Joyner (2019)
  • Small Houses (2015)
  • Space Cubs (2016)
  • Tim Rutili of califone (2018)
  • UVB76 (2018)
  • Winter Coats (2013)
  • Wooden Cities (2014)
  • Zoe Scruggs (2017)

Where?

Silo City
85 Silo City Row
Buffalo, NY 14203

When?

The SILO CITY READING SERIES is scheduled during the summer months of June, July, and August, usually on Friday or Saturday evenings, with occasional special events at other times.

Accessibility Notice

Silo City is a non-traditional space. Please keep in mind it is an outdoor site with uneven terrain so appropriate footwear is recommended. There is also a lack of ADA accessibility, while steps have been made to make the site more accessible, things are happening incrementally on the over 100-year-old former industrial site.