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Cynthia P. Cerny, will discuss and sign her best selling Losers, Creeps, Jerks, and Weirdos: A Dating Story, Chinook Bookshop, 210 N. Tejon Street, Free, Sun., April 27, 1-3 p.m.

National Poetry Month: Pikes Peak Library District will host a citywide poetry performance in the Carnegie Room of the Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade. Guitarist Henry Quintana will lead off the evening, followed by poets: Jane Wampler, Malcolm McCollum, Joseph Uphoff, Kollin James, Janice Hays, Jesse Randall, Maryann Karras, Chelly Gardner-Smith, Jim Ciletti and others. Tues., April 29, 7 p.m.

Karen Fox will sign Impractical Magic, the latest in her romance series from Berkley. Author, Author! New & Used Books, 5975 N Academy Blvd #206. Also, award-winning author, Jodi Dawson will sign her first book, Her Secret Millionaire from Harlequin. Free. Sat., May 10, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. For more, call 277-7323.

Poetry Open Mikes: On Sundays at Organic Earth Caf, 1124 Manitou Ave., 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. 685-0986. Every second Wednesday and fourth Tues. of the month at Utopia Caf, 117 E. Bijou St., $2. 633-1080. Every third Tuesday of the month at Jack Quinn's, 21 S. Tejon St., 385-0766. All start at 8 p.m.

Fiction Book Club at the Cheyenne Mountain Branch Library, 1791-D S. 8th St. Join this free discussion about The Magic of Ordinary Days by Ann Howard Creel; registration is not necessary. For more call 633-6278. Thurs., May 1, 2 p.m. For more, call 633-6278.

literary announcementsFlash Fiction Contest sponsored by the National League of American PenWomen. All genres welcome, complete short-short stories of 100 words of less. Cash prizes $15-$60. All entries returned with writing suggestions and help by PenWomen writers. Deadline: Wed., May 7. Entry fee $6 per story. Email for full details and forms: warnerwrit@aol.com.

Common Problems in Writing, Celebration Community Room, 2207 W. Colorado Ave. Local author and editor Hollie Snider presents the first in a series of workshops aimed at helping writers improve their craft. $20. Sat., May 10, 3-5 p.m. For more, call 574-5571.

Nature Writing Workshop, Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9161 Mountain Park Rd., Beulah. More of an informal gathering than instructional workshop, for anyone interested in writing about nature - poetry, journaling, prose, articles. Facilitators: Mary Jean Porter, author and Pueblo Chieftain staff writer, and Dave Van Manen, MPEC director. Indoors and outdoors, dress accordingly. Bring a sack lunch. Sat., May 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 719/485-4444 to register.

eaking Into Freelance Writing, 108 E. Cheyenne Rd. Learn how to sell your articles, stories, greeting cards and books. $49. Sat., May 17, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Call 527-8225 or e-mail WendyBurt@aol.com.

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