Perpetuating Response
As usual, this 2 Gyrlz event will feature many different mediums of expression, including spoken word performance by Jeremy Plumb. 2 Gyrlz at Liminal Space, 403 NW Fifth Avenue,, Thurs 8:30 pm, free


Robert Crais
The dashing detective novelist Crais will read from his latest thriller, The Last Detective, which features the return of his popular protagonist, Elvis Cole. Twenty-Third Avenue Books, 1015 NW 23rd Ave, 224-6203, 7:30 pm, free


Kimberly Dark
Dark will perform original spoken word and poetry to herald the release of her new spoken word CD, You Are My Singing Lesson. Touchstone Coffee House, 7631 NE Glisan St, 262-7613, 7 pm, $10

Sound Poetry Festival
Sound poetry uses phonetics and mouth sounds to give resonance and meaning to gibberish. Spare Room, at Pacific Crest Community School, 625 NW Everett, , 5 pm - 9:30 pm, $6 suggested donation


Susie Bright
Bright continues her quest to bring erotic fiction to the mainstream. See Bright feature, page 12. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


Vern Rutsala & Leanne Grabel
Anne Lamott has described Grabel as being "a genius, hilarious, tender... and totally cool." Rutsala has probably been endorsed by someone big, too, since he's been publishing for decades. Both these people are poets. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726, 7 pm, free


Booty Call
Simply put, a random evening of reading fun. Porn author Michael Hemmingson will do some stuff; Seattle's The Typing Explosion will perform their amazing on-the-spot poetry magic; and the Mercury's own Wm. Steven Humphrey will read his grandfather's classic story, The Adventures of Captain Fellatio Hornblower. Disjecta, 116 NE Russell , 335-6979, 8 pm, $5

Drunk Poets Society
Get drunk and read poetry; what could be better? Yamhill Pub, SW 3rd & Yamhill, 8 pm, free