William Stafford Birthday Celebration
Stafford was a wonderful poet and a man who radiated kindness. Portland misses his presence and is grateful for his work. Six poets will read their favorite Stafford poems and afterward, members of the audience are invited to read their favorite Stafford works, too. Bring a poem if you want to participate. Don't count on the library having your favorite on the shelves--they'll be checked out by adoring fans faster than you. Featured poets: Walt Curtis, Ursula K. LeGuin, Vern Rutsula, Primus St. John, and others. Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave, 248-5234, 7 pm


A Celebration of William Stafford
This is the first of several events commmemorating the life of William Stafford. Guests and poets are invited to read. Mountain Writers Center, 3624 SE Milwaukie, 8 pm

* Third Angle presents: After the Revolution: the Music of Zhou Long & Chen Yi
Kaul Lounge. Sponsored by Mountain Writers. Free. Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, 522-9453

Young Reader's Book Group
Readers 8-12 are invited to join for reading, discussion, and always an activity. This week the focus is on Midnight's Choice, by Kate Thompson. Barnes & Noble-Beaverton, 18300 NW Evergreen Parkway, 645-3046, 7 pm, Free


Kevin Sampsell's Booty Call!
Mr. Kevin Sampsell rounds up Portland's finest, loudest, brash, and trash-talking voices, calling your booty out on the dance/reading floor. I'm all for it, shaking up the reading scene with some noise. Here's the line-up: Kief Hillsbery, author of War Boy. Adrienne Eisen, of Making Scenes. Jemiah Jefferson, Voice of the Blood , Racki LaRock, of the zine Shut up and Dance, and our very own Wm. Steven Humphrey. In addition--special performances, music. Who knows what else. Disjecta, 116 NE Russell , 493-7353, 8 pm, $3-5


I Love Monday! Poetry Night
Poetry with Dan Raphael and friends. Borders Books and Music, 708 SW 3rd Ave, 220-5911, 7 pm

Rebecca Walker
The daughter of Alice Walker and Mel Leventhal is now making her debut with Black, White & Jewish, a book about being exactly that. Not to mention being the daughter of a highly successful, respected author. Drugs, sex, life on the edge, lots of loneliness to overcome, and that age old struggle for identity. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm


William Stafford Birthday Celebration
Portland will always love this author. Now, six poets will reach their favorite Stafford poems. Members of the audience can join in, sharing their favorite Stafford works too. Harold Johnson, Jane Glazer, Nan Atzen, and others in the line up. Belmont Branch Library, 1038 SE 39th Ave, , 7 pm

Science Fiction Book Group
Through Alien Eyes, by Amy Thomson. Borders-Beaverton, 2605 SW Cedar Hills, 644-1498, 7 pm

Jizo Bodhisattva: Modern Healing & Traditional Buddhist Practice
Jan Chozen Bays Roshi is the spiritual head of the Zen Community of Oregon, a practicing Buddhist for over 25 years, and also a pediatrician specializing in child abuse detection and prevention. Now she's an author too, exploring Buddhist practice in relation to health and human suffering. Ancient and current, deep stuff. Looking Glass Bookstore, 318 SW Taylor, 227-4760, 7 pm

Jonathan Winters
Yes, it's really him! The comic actor! Now he's got a book out, Winters' Tales. Sort of a memoir-in-humorous sketches type thing. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm


* Writers on Writers
When writers look at the lives of other writers, there's so much more than writing in the mix. Francine du Plessix Gray's biography of Simone Weil is a short, tight, and sometimes judgmental rendition of the philosopher's life. Weil was an intense, opinionated, and brilliant mind, who unfortunately chose starvation as a means to...well, a means toward death, and it worked. But it was also a way to externalize her identification with the impoverished, despite her own weathly upbringing (the way some Reed students chose not to brush their hair, or change their underwear, or whatever.) Martyrdom as redemption. Edmund White writes about Marcel Proust, and is surely bringing his own life questions into the material. James Atlas, editor for Penguin books, moderates the discussion. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall/Literary Arts, SW Broadway & Main, , 7:30 pm, $23

Luiz Rodriguez
Gang life contributes to the literary life style. We all need each other, story makers, and story writers. Nothing like being witness to atrocities to stave off writers block. Rodriguez's latest, Hearts and Hands: Making Peace in a Violent Time, takes a look at how to manage youth and violence. Real life examples and a gang history merge with Joseph Campbell and Lao-tzu to try to find a new route beyond incarceration and punitive measures. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm