Literature Program

Wednesday, August 22 at 7:00 p.m.


Tom Martens & Craig Keller

Poetry Reading

Tom Martens' colorful life includes many generational excesses. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he spent twenty years as a chef in some of the most notable restaurants in Buffalo, Atlanta, Kansas City, South Beach Miami, and the Florida Keys. He plays guitar, bass, and harmonica, and has sung in the Community Music School Chorus. He has read at open mics at Caféology, Rust Belt Books, Dog Ears Books, Milkie's, Nietzsche's, and Grindhaus Café, and is a fixture at Gypsy Parlor and a veteran of many street performances, one of which was documented on video for SUNY Buffalo.

Craig Keller, self-described as a half-assed Buddhist, is an area native and arrived in Buffalo in 1981 by way of Fredonia and Ithaca. Upon arrival, he became a very visible member of Niagara Erie Writers. He has read at the old NEW Space, UB, Buff State, SUNY Fredonia, Nietzsche's, Central Park Grill, Essex Street Pub, and Buddies II, as well as twice before at Hallwalls and at many open mics around town. He never publishes anything and writes solely for oral performance.