CAConrad is the closest thing to a rock star the poetry world has right now, which is to say he brings poetry to life and gives it an urgency it hasn't felt in years. His most recent collection is last year's The Book of Frank, a biography. It's a series of comic sketches told in fabulist language—a man takes his wife to a restaurant where he eats Emily Dickinson's breast while she nibbles on Jack Kerouac's candied penis—that build to become the slenderest epic you've ever read. Come to this reading and find your new favorite poet. (Open Books, 2414 N 45th St, 633-0811, 7:30 pm, free)