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Colorado College's Visiting Writer Series, featuring Lorna Goodison on Thurs., Oct. 13; Mark Jarman on Thurs., Oct. 20; Kevin McIlvoy on Thurs., Nov. 10; An Evening of Music and Poetry on Thurs., Nov. 17; Josip Novakovich on Thurs., Dec. 8; Demetria Martinez on Thurs., Feb. 2; Jay Parini on Thurs., Feb. 23; Philip Levine on Thurs., March 9; David Foster Wallace on Thurs., April 6; Chris Bachelder on Mon., April 17; Jim Moore on Thurs., April 27; Peter Matthiessen on Thurs., May 4. All at 7 p.m. Call 389-6853 for more.

Trey R. Barker Signing, The Book Sleuth, 2501 W. Colorado Ave., 632-2727. Barker signs and discusses his new novel, 2000 Miles to Open Road on Fri., Oct. 14, noon to 2 p.m.

The Grasshopper Group, $25. Bring your writing and an open mind to a group that will help you make an uncanny leap forward. Sat., Oct. 15, 10 a.m. Call 579-9684 for more.

Live Naked Poetry, Phantom Canyon Brewing Company, 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $2 donation. Come to read your work or just to listen. Sun., Oct. 16, 7-10 p.m. Call Aaron at 477-1028 for more.

Rosemary Re Signing, Borders, 1710 Briargate Blvd. Free. Re signs San Lucci Island, a contemporary romance novel. Sat., Oct. 22, 1-3 p.m. Call 266-1600 for more.

John Fielder Signing, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave. Free. John fielder presents his new book, Colorado 1870-2000 II, conducts a slide show presentation and speaks about his photography. Thurs., Oct. 27, 7-9 p.m. Call 634-7395 for more.

Pikes Peak Writers Contest, with a variety of categories to compete in. A contest for unpublished writers, with cash awards. Entries due by Nov. 1. Visit ppwc.net/contest.html for more.

Thin Air Poetry Slam, Cedars Lounge, 3125 Sinton Road. Free. Open to the public, all ages welcome. Every Tuesday, doors open at 7 p.m., slam begins at 7:30 sharp. Call 573-6820 or visit thinairpoetryslam.com for more.

Pikes Peak Library District is seeking local book groups to participate in the 2005 All Pikes Peak Reads program. You can choose the library's official version or one that you prefer. PPLD provides discussion materials, bookmarks and will include participating book groups in promotional materials. Call Travis at 531-6333 ext. 1221 for more.

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