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Cheri Jetton will sign her new romance novel, Texas Dawn at Author, Author! New & Used Books, 5975 N Academy Blvd #206. Sat., April 5, 12-2 p.m. Free. For more, call 277-READ.

Mary Taylor Young will discuss her recent book Land of Grass and Sky; a naturalist's prairie journey. At the Beidleman Environmental Center, 740 W. Caramillo St. Tues., April 8, 7:00 p.m. Call 229-0857.

Annual Literary Event sponsored by The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District, East Library, 5050 North Union. John Nichols, author of The Milagro Beanfield War will talk about the art and work of writing a novel. Poet Jim Ciletti will talk about the craft of writing poetry. Sat., April 12, 10 a.m. For more call 596-1621.

Deb Stover, Award-winning author and former Coloradoan Deb Stover will autograph her eleventh novel, Mulligan Magic. Free. Sat., April 19, noon 2 p.m. at Beth Anne's Book Corner, 2204 East Pikes Peak Ave., And Tues., April 22, 6-8 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 795 Citadel Dr. For more, call 573-6947.

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, the Pikes Peak Library District will host a city-wide poetry reading by local poets in Penrose Library's Carnegie Room, 20 N. Cascade. Tues., April 29, 7 p.m. Poets wishing to read should call Jim Ciletti, before April 5, at 634-2367.

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


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Poetry West Meeting, Room 215 of the Worner Center, Colorado College. Jane Wampler and Ceil Malek will discuss prose and other forms of poetry. Free. Sat. April 5, 10 a.m. Call 573-9479 for more.

Flash 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.

Feminine Ink, Barnes & Noble Community Room, 795 Citadel Dr. East. Feminine Ink is a safe place for women to loosen up their writing muscles. The leader supplies prompts for free writing, bring a pen and a notebook. Thurs., April 10, 7:15-9 p.m. For more, call 265-1973.

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