Subtext scores again with this inspired pairing: Brown, whose book Polyverse took the New American Poetry Prize and will be published by Sun & Moon Press, pens lively, skittishly domestic poems (Her poem "Ma Lab" begins: "We are able to move/We are able to sew well..."); Yuda, a Seattle transplant from Tokyo, has widely published carefully-selected and sensitive translations, including one of Miroku, a novella by Taruho Inagaki. Speakeasy, 2304 Second Ave, 524-4859, 7:30 pm, $5.

PRISCILLA LONG & BARBARA WINSLOW--The Feminist Memoir Project: Voices from Women's Liberation collects histories of the past three decades recounting the struggle for women's rights. Contributors Long and Winslow read and talk about this history. Elliott Bay, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 5 pm, free.

FREDERICK POLLACK--Science fiction in verse, Pollack's novel Happiness purports to sing the Orwellian future, but in the wake of masterpieces like Anne Carson's Autobiography of Red it only echoes. Elliott Bay, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.


Former Seattle resident Koenig brings her debut to town: Thumbelina, a novel narrated by a precocious 14-year-old. David Shields says it shows a "colloquial yet poetic voice, ruthless candor, lacerating wit." Elliott Bay, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.

PRISCILLA LONG & BARBARA WINSLOW--See Thurs March 18. University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.


BEV COBAIN--Psychiatrist/nurse Cobain, older cousin to Seattle's favorite troubled rock star, draws from her background in When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens. Elliott Bay, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 4:30 pm, free.

CHARLES JOHNSON--The widely lauded UW professor returns to Elliott Bay for Africans in America: America's Journey through Slavery, co-authored as a companion to the PBS series. Johnson reads from stories he contributed. Elliott Bay, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free


JIM BODEEN & KEVIN MILLER--Bodeen, the Yakima-based poet and publisher of Blue Begonia Press, reads from his book Impulse to Love, accompanied by Gig Harbor poet Kevin Miller, a former Bumbershoot Prize winner. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, 4:30 pm, free.

*CLARK HUMPHREY & TODD MATTHEWS--Two local pop historians read from new work as part of the |reputable "Soft City Prose" series curated by Charles Mudede. Humphrey, a Stranger contributor, is well known for his 1995 account of the Seattle music scene, Loser; Matthews reads from his soon-to-be-published true-crime/history book about the Wah Mee gambling club in Seattle's International District. Pistil Books, 1013 E Pike, 325-5401, 7 pm, free.

HENRY C. MATTHEWS--Matthews, a WSU architecture professor, has all the angles on one of the Northwest's most inflamesuential architects in Kirtland Cutter: Architect in the Land of Promise. Elliott Bay, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 3 pm, free.


RON DAKRON--Local edgy writer Dakron reads from his latest, Hammers: A Novel, which combines sci-fi parody about a Seattle geneticist accidentally injected with shark DNA with an original writing style. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.

JEFF GOLDEN--Golden's debut novel, Forest Blood, topples a few political stumps while remaining a "compelling fiction about core American issues" (Andrei Codrescu). He visits from his home in Ashland to read tonight. Elliott Bay, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 5 pm, free.

MIRIAM WINTER--Maria Orlowski, under the name Miriam Winter, survived the Holocaust by adopting a false identity, and in Trains: A Memoir of a Hidden Childhood During and After World War II, she gives us a rare glimpse into the history of this period from a child's perspective. Elliott Bay, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.


ALLISON DURAZZI, JUDITH ROCHE, & CATHERINE MARTIN--"Poets After Dark," curated by Eleventh Hour Productions, gathers the talents of three local poets: the award-winning Durazzi, Director of the Seattle Poetry Slam; Roche, author of Myrrh/My Life as a Screamer, and co-editor of First Fish First People; and the very well- educated and anthologized Martin, a Seattle import from New York. Bellevue Art Museum, Third Floor, Bellevue Square, 346-0180, 7 pm, $5.

*JOHN LE CARRÉ--See Calendar Box. First United Methodist Church, Fifth & Marion, 621-2230, 7:30 pm, $10/$5.

*NANCY LORD--In a slim and simple fictional natural history, Nancy Lord has managed to surpass a genre that is usually leaden with purpose. Green Alaska: Dreams From The Far Coast intersperses narrative re-creations of the 1899 expedition to Alaska, including John Muir and Edward Curtis, with ecstatic accounts of Lord's own Alaska experiences working at a fishery and exploring the country. The result is a beautifully poised book written with sensitivity and insight. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.

ROSEMARY NORWALK--Dearest Ones: A True World War II Love Story is a memoir that travels from WWII in England and Germany to Norwalk's current home in Seattle. University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.

BOB SHACOCHIS--Shacochis' The Immaculate Invasion is an ambitious and thickly researched novel centered around America's 1994 occupation of Haiti, and is described by Kirkus as "a stunning comedy of terrors." Elliott Bay, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.


CLYDE W. FORD--A Bellingham chiropractor recasts African myths for modern consumption in The Hero with an African Face. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.

JANET FARRINGTON GRAHAM--Graham reads from an epistolary memoir recounting her experience of her mother's death from breast cancer, Letters to Harry: A Daughter's Account of Her Mother's Life and Death. University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 6 pm, free.

KRISTIN HANNAH--Romance in the rain forest is popular stuff on the book club circuit this year, and Hannah sets her self-discovery tear-jerker On Mystic Lake in a mystical small town, where her main character finds healing. University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.

WENDY LESSER--Lesser, founder and editor of The Threepenny Review, collects essays on art and criticism in The Amateur: An Independent Life of Letters, turning in a quiet and witty performance which may appeal most to a certain older set of academia-driven journalists. Elliott Bay, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.

Note to regularly programmed open mikes:
The Stranger will list events only if we receive an announcement--regular listings will be dropped unless we are notified that the events are in fact ongoing.


665 -- Words and music add up to this evening venue, tonight presenting an all-ages slam for $25. Four Angels, 1400 14th Ave (at Union), 689-8661, 7:30 pm, free.

FLYING LEMON LOUNGE -- Coffee, open mike, and board games; alcohol/smoke-free. Every Thursday. Flying Lemon Lounge, 425 First Ave, 285-2282 ext 12, 8 pm, free.


RED SKY POETRY THEATER -- Continuing its 18th season of readings, spotlighting local writers plus an open mike. Tonight featuring April Denonno. Globe Cafe, 1531 14th Ave (at Pine), 633-5647, 7 pm, free.


livingroom-livingroom-Every Monday about this time, people read and rant and play music. Tonight, make room for the Spring Poetry Exchange Show. Habitat Espresso, 222 Broadway E, 689-8661, 7:30 pm, free.


STAGE FRIGHT -- Seattle's own literary house open mike for writers, singers, and dancers ages 14-24 -- tonight featuring a special writing workshop with The Stranger's I Love Television columnist, Wm.TM Steven Humphrey! Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave E, 526-2992 ext 23, 5:30 pm, free.