Viviana Grell & Irene Mallinger host open mic with featured reader Peter Medvinsky & Mickey Jenkins; New World Coffee, 107-24 Continental Ave. (Queens Blvd.), 718-271-2696; 6:30-9:30, $3 min.
hear & now
Biweekly spoken word & music series at East Village watering hole, hosted by Gabriel A. Levicky & Jacqueline Annette; Raven Cafe, 194 Ave. A (betw. 12th & 13th Sts.), 529-4712; 8, $3.
OPEN MIC AT THE PINK PONY
Weekly reading series returns with Pablo Rosenblueth; Pink Pony, 176 Ludlow St. (betw. Houston & Stanton Sts.), 253-1922; 7, $5.
BERTHA ROGERS, BRITTNEY SCHNOONEBECK
Mad Alex hosts poetry reading at new space; Locus Media, 594 B'way, Su. 1010 (betw. Houston & Prince Sts.), 693-0405; 6:30, $5.
WHY WOMEN: WOMEN POETS, WOMEN'S WORDS
New open mic & live music series with poet Mary Steward Hammond & writer Carol Dixon; Sol Goldman YM-YWHA of the Education Alliance, 344 E. 14th St. (betw. 1st & 2nd Aves.), 780-0800 ext.246; 7, $7.
The World of William Steig
Editor Lee Lorenz discusses & signs copies of the book that documents Steig's career as an artist & cartoonists for The New Yorker; Barnes & Noble, 240 E. 86th St. (betw. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), 794-1962; 7:30, free.
Joshua Meander hosts poetry reading at Nomad's Choir, 133 W. 4th St. (betw. 6th Ave. & MacDougal St.), 718-932-8007, 3, $2.
Reading & signing with the author of Flying Over Brooklyn; Park Slope Barnes & Noble, 267 7th Ave. (6th St.), 718-832-9066; 2, free.
CENTERFOLD POETRY READINGS
Steve Fried hosts open mic for poets & prose readers; 263 W. 86th St. (B'way), 866-4454; 5:45, contrib.
KEN FOSTER, MARK JUDE POIRIER
First reading of the new year at Temple Bar, 332 Lafayette St. (betw. Bleecker & Houston Sts.), 925-4242; 7:30, free.
OUR ORGANIZED READING (O.U.R.)
Spoken word every Sunday, hosted by Bob Hart, J.D. Rage, Carl Herr, Peter Kerns & Bruce Weber?no time limit, no list, no features, no b.s.; ABC No Rio, 156 Rivington St. (betw. Suffolk & Clinton Sts.), 674-3585; 3, $2.
Poetry readings & open mic with featured reader J.C. Sone; Common Basis Theater, 750 8th Ave., 5th Fl. (betw. 46th & 47th Sts.), 340-1112; 12, $5.
URBANA SUNDAY POETRY SLAM
Competitive open mic with feat. performer Laurel Barclay; CBGB's Gallery, 313 Bowery (Bleecker St.), 433-9921; 7, $5.
LAWRENCE HOLDER, ROME NEAL
Staged reading of Laurence Holder's play, Monk; Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 E. 3rd St. (betw. Aves. B & C), 465-3167; 7:30, $10 contrib.
RICHARD HOWARD, WILLIAM LOGAN
Authors read from recent collections of poetry, translations & verse; 92nd St. Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. (92nd St.), 996-1100; 8, $12.
a little bit louder
Weekly open mic with feat. reader Sage Francis; 13 Bar, 13 E. 13th St. (betw. B'way & University Pl.), 917-893-8341; 7, $5, $3 st.
PISK: A JEWISH SLAM
Poetry, music & open mic; Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St. (betw. B'way & Church St.), 580-0099 for info.; 8.
PREDICTIONS FOR THE NEXT MILLENNIUM
David Kristof & Todd Nickerson share thoughts celebrities have about the next 1000 years; Borders, 461 Park Ave. (57th St.), 980-6785; 6, free.
SATURN READING SERIES
John Chism, Bill Duke & Su Polo host open mic with feat. reader Erik Richmond; Revival, 129 E. 15th St. (betw. 3rd Ave. & Irving Pl.), 598-4820; 7:30, $3.
DR. ROBERT ATKINS
Author discusses Dr. Atkins' Age-Defying Diet Revolution: A Powerful New Dietary Defense Against Aging at Union Sq. Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St. (betw. B'way & Park Ave. S.), 253-0810; 7:30, free.
HARRY ELLISON'S POETS CIRCLE
Weekly lecture on the art & craft of poetry followed by readings & discussions of participants' works. This week, "Mystical Poetry as a Wellspring of Prophetic Intuition;" Corrado Bakery Cafe, 120 E. 15th St. (Irving Pl.), 718-651-1664; 6:30, $7.
Novel about the back roads of Pennsylvania, Back Roads, is discussed by the author at Upper West Side Barnes & Noble, 2289 B'way (82nd St.), 362-8835; 7:30, free.
STAR MILK BEYOND 2000
Eddie Birchmore & Robert Paczkowski host open mic with feat. reader Robert McNamara; Korova Milk Bar, 200 Ave. A. (betw. 12th & 13th Sts.), 718-389-2666; 7:30, $2 & 1 drink min.
WE GOT THE BEAT
Weekly open mike for poets & musicians, tonight, Peter Dolack & Marilyn Galfin; Village Community School, 272 W. 10th St., (betw. Greenwich & Washington Sts.), 946-4356; 7, $3.