Open Mic Poetry Against the War
Local poets, well-aquainted with the travesties of war, share with us their metaphors regarding the Iraqi occupation. Pacific Switchboard, 4637 N Albina, 236-0867, 7:00 pm

Queer Spoken Word
Loud mouth punk gals from the Seattle collective OR-A-TRIX bring you slam poetry along with several of Portland's own queer youth artists. SMYRC, 2100 SE Belmont, $2.50-3

Paulann Petersen

& Laura Winter
Ah poetry. Join Paulann Peterson for an introduction of her book The Wild Awake and CMG board of directors' President Laura Winter as she reads from her musically inspired collection of poetry sleeping leaves. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm, free

Discussion: Balch: A Troubled Christian Writer's Brief Life
Dorothy Churchill and Walt Curtis talk about Oregon's first bestselling author Frederic Balch (1861-1891), his life, and his take on the relations of pioneers and Native Americans. Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave, 988-5234, 7 pm, free


* Joseph McElroy
Joseph spent 15 years working on his book Actress in the House, about a young Canadian actress and the man who loves her, so it better be good. Twenty-Third Avenue Books, 1015 NW 23rd Ave, 224-5097, 7:30 pm, free


Craig Danner
Celebrating the paperback release of his novel, Himalayan Dhaba, Craig Danner reads from his book about a widowed American Doctor in a remote Himalayan Village who is searching for the ghost of her husband. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm, free

5th Annual Scribbles Open-Mic
Read your poetry, prose, or grocery list; just make sure it's queer. Barnes & Noble, 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 7:00 pm, free

* Fly
Yes, Fly is a person. A person who makes comics and zines, flyers and album art, music and records (with her bands God Is My Copilot and Zero Content). Now she's promoting her new book Peops: Portraits and Stories (Soft Skull). What the hell are Peops? Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, 7 pm, free