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UCCS Poetry Readings, University Center room 307, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Free. Creative Writing faculty Ceil Malek, poet Jane Hilberry reads from her new book, Body Painting. Thurs., April 21, 7:30-9 p.m. Call 477-1028 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.

Barnes and Noble Events, 1565 Briargate Blvd., 266-9960. Book signings: Kacy Barnett-Gramckow signs Crown in the Stars on Sat., April 23, 2 p.m.

Books by the Inch Sale, Switzer Counseling Center, 555 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite 108. Used book sale and auction to benefit this non-profit mental health clinic serving the uninsured and underinsured in the community. April 22-23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 442-0606 for more.

National Poetry Month Readings, Penrose Public Library's Carnegie rm. Free. Open readings to celebrate National Poetry Month. Tues., April 24, 3-5 p.m. Call 477-1028 for more.

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.

Barnes and Noble Events, 1565 Briargate Blvd., 266-9945. S.L. Rottman signs all of her titles on Mon., April 25, 6 p.m. Michael Sledge signs Signing of Soldier Dead: How We Recover, Identify, Bury and Honor Our Military Fallen on Sat., April 30, 2 p.m.

Hooked on Books Signings, 3918 Maizeland Rd. John Dunning sings The Sign of the Book on Sat., April 30, 3-5:30 p.m. Call 596-1621 for more.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: A Voice for Our Time, DeVry University, 1175 Kelly Johnson Blvd. $30-$36. Course includes presentation, discussion and reading of selected Emerson works. Wed., May 4, 11, 18, 9 a.m. to noon. Call 633-4991 for more.

The Making of Almagre, The Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave. Donations accepted. A showcase of people featured in PPCC's literary arts journal, Almagre. Live literary and music performances, free refreshments. Fri., May 6, 7-10 p.m. Call 360-2003 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.

Breaking Into Freelance Writing, Holiday Inn Express, 1815 Aeroplaza dr. $49. Learn to sell your articles, stories and personal essays to magazines. Class also covers book proposals, finding an agent and selling greeting cards. Sat., May 7, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 527-8225 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.

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