Barnes and Noble Events, 1565 Briargate Blvd., 266-9960. Book signings: John Gierach signs Still Life with Brook Trout on Fri., April 8 at 7 p.m. Kacy Barnett-Gramckow signs Crown in the Stars on Sat., April 23, 2 p.m.
Mothering Mother Earth Poetry Contest, children 8-12, young adults 13-18, adults 19 and over. $3 for 3 poems. Topics: mothering mother earth, sustainability or honoring mothers of the earth. Length: under 2 pages. Deadline April 29. Call Robin at 632-6189 for more.
Thin Air Poetry Slam, Cedars Lounge, 3125 Sinton Rd. Free. Open to the public, all ages welcome. Every Tuesday, doors open at 7 p.m., slam begins at 7:30 p.m. sharp. Call 573-6820 or visit www.thinairpoetryslam.com for more.
PPCC Open Mic Night, Downtown Studio campus, student commons, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave. Free, open to the public. Poetry, spoken word and freestyle. Fri., May 6, 7-9 p.m. Call 540-7617 for more.
Club Q Poetry Reading, Club Q, 3430 N. Academy Blvd. Local gay poet Forrest Koch hosts readings, bring something to read and share. Sun., April 10, 6-9 p.m. Call Forrest at 200-4453 for more.
Saul Williams, Jack Quinn's 21 S. Tejon St. $5. Award-winning poet, actor, musician Williams reads his poetry on Wed., April 13, 7 p.m. Call 262-3532 for more.
Adult Great Books Reading & Discussion Group, Penrose Public Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Discussing Pensees by Blaise Pascal. Thurs., April 14, 6:45-8:45 p.m. Call 531-6333 ext. 1206 for more.
Barry Lopez Talk, CC's Palmer Hall, Gates Common Rm., 389-6607. Barry Lopez speaks on Leaving Lascaux: Shaping Human Nature. Thurs., April 14, 7 p.m.
Jon Mundy Ph.D. Talk, Unity Church in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Rd. $15. Dr. Mundy, author of Missouri Mystic, Awaken to Your Own Call, Listening to Your Inner Guide and The Ten Laws of Happiness speaks on Tues., April 19, 7 p.m. Call 471-4556 for more.
Silver Key Senior Services Book Fair, 2250 Bott Ave. Free, early bird tickets $5 for admission at 8 a.m. on April 22. Regular admission April 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; April 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wine and cheese reception April 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Call 632-1521 ext. 105 for more.
UCCS Poetry Readings, University Center room 307, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Free. Poet David Kelpinger reads on Tues., April 12, 7-9 p.m. Creative Writing faculty Ceil Malek, Janet Kenning and Monique Schmidt read on Fri., April 15, 7-9 p.m. Poet Jane Hilberry reads from her new book, Body Painting. Thurs., April 21, 7:30-9 p.m. Call 477-1028 for more.