Pulitzer-Prize winning poet reads from The Essential Rilke, also reading is poet Silvia Beier; Posman Books, 1 University Pl. (Waverly Pl.), 533-BOOK; 6:30, free.
Mr. Knotts joins Border's to discuss Barney Fife & Other Characters I Have Known; 461 Park Ave. (57th St.), 980-6785; 6, free.
60 Minutes commentator reads selected letters from Sincerely, Andy Rooney; Upper West Side Barnes & Noble, 2289 B'way (82nd St.), 362-8835; 7:30, free.
Yankee's manager reads from Rules for Winners: 12 Keys to Managing Team Players, Tough Bosses & Success at 5 World Trade Center, Church St. (Vesey St.), 839-8049; 1-2:30, free.
Viviana Grell & Irene Mallinger host open mic with featured readers each week, this week, Sophia Lederer; New World Coffee, 107-24 Continental Ave. (Queens Blvd.), 718-271-2696; 7-10, $3 min.
Author reads from debut novel Christ Like at Different Light, 151 W. 19th St. (7th Ave.), 989-4850; 7, free.
FREDERICK G. DILLEN
Author reads from Fool, a story by Barnaby Griswold; Borders, 5 World Trade Center, Church St. (Vesey St.), 839-8049; 6, free.
DAVID IVES, WENDY WASSERSTEIN
Playwrights Ives from Chicago & Wasserstein bring actors from their past productions to read, followed by Q&A & book signing; Drama Book Shop, 723 7th Ave., 2nd Fl. (48th St.), 944-0595, 6-8, free.
OPEN MIC SURGERY
Lawrence Miles hosts weekly readings with feat. readers each week, tonight, Orion; Lalita Java, 210 E. 3rd St. (betw. Aves. B & C), 244-8448; 7:30, $3 plus purchase.
LIVNG ON THE EDGE: FICTION BY PEACE CORPS
Mark Brazaitis, Marnie Mueller & John Givens read selections at Housing Works Used Book Cafe, 126 Crosby St. (betw. Houston & Lafayette Sts.), 334-3324; 7, free.
OPEN MIC AT THE PINK PONY
After two years at the Knitting Factory, Alterknit readings change locations. New reading series hosts two hours of open mic; Pink Pony, 176 Ludlow St. (betw. Houston & Stanton Sts.), 253-1922; 7, free.
PEOPLE'S CAFE POETRY SERIES
Open mic for poets and writers. This month's program is dedicated to Mumia Abu Jamal & Leonard Peltier with poet Maria Carmen Corrine Cruz; People's Cafe, 235 W. 23rd St. (betw. 7th & 8th Aves.), 369-3079; 6, $3 contrib.
Cynthia Nelson, Less Ann Brown, Maggie Nelson & Cat Tyc host "Soft Skull Ladies" night feat. aforementioned author who reading from story about growing tomatoes in Jersey entitled Ripe Tomatoes; Bluestockings, 172 Allen St. (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), 777-6028; 7, free.
COLE SWENSEN, JOHN YAU
Authors read collection of poems & fiction; Dia Center for the Arts, 548 W. 22nd St. (betw. 10th & 11th Aves.), 989-5566; 7, $6, $3 st.
WRITER'S VOICE READING SERIES
Fiction writer Janice Eidus & playwright Tina Howe read at West Side Y, 5 W. 63rd St. (Central Pk. W.), 875-4128; 7:30, $5.
SEGUE READING SERIES
Featured readers are Erica Hunt & Caroline Crumpacker; Double Happiness, 173 Mott St. (Broome St.), 941-1282; 4-6, $4.
A WOMAN LIKE THAT
Contributing authors read from new collection at Bluestockings, 172 Allen St. (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), 777-6028; 8, free.
Director & writer known for his work with PBS' The Civil War, signs copies of latest book New York: A Documentary Film at WNET Store of Knowledge, 1091 3rd Ave. (64th St.), 223-0018; 12-2, free.
Author shares tales about fatherhood in his Morning, Noon & Night monologue at Lincoln Triangle Barnes & Noble, 1972 B'way (66th St.), 595-6859; 3, free.
Author reads from '66 Frames, a recollection of NY's underground art scene during the 60s feat. Timothy Leary & Allen Ginsberg; Cornelia St. Cafe, 29 Cornelia St. (betw. Bleecker & W. 4th Sts.), 989-9319; 6:30, $5 incl. 1 drink.
Reading & benefit concert with Martha Siegal, Hayley Gorenberg & Tracy Fitz; Trinity LES Lutheran Parish, 9th St. (Ave. B), 529-4084; 4, $10 contrib.
OUR ORGANIZED READING (O.U.R.)
Spoken word every Sunday with hosts Vipin, Bob Hart, J.D. Rage & 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 Patricia Smith; Common Basis Theater, 750 8th Ave., 5th Fl. (betw. 46th & 47th Sts.), 340-1112; 12, $5.
POSMAN READING SERIES
Nina Kossman reads from Poem of the End with translations by Marina Tsvetaeva; Posman Books, 1 University Pl. (Waverly Pl.), 533-BOOK; 3, free.
SUNDAY POETRY SLAM
Bar 13 crew, Lynne Procope, Noel Jones & Peter of the Earth vs. veterans from Nuyorican Poets Cafe, preceded by open mic; CB's Gallery, 313 Bowery (Bleecker St.), 443-9921; 7, $5.
Weekly readings. Tonight, Clem Coleman & Karen Weiser are featured; 90 W. Houston St. (LaGuardia Pl.), 533-9317; 6:30, $3 contrib.
a little bit louder
Weekly reading series followed by open mic. Tonight, Eve Stern, Crystal Williams & J.M. Morea read during "House of Women" series hosted by Lynne Procope at 13 Bar, 13 E. 13th St. (Betw. B'way & University Pl.), 917-893-8341; 7, $5, $3 st.
NEW YORK: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY
Discussion & book signing with author Ric Burns; Union Sq. Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St. (betw. B'way & Park Ave. S.), 253-0810; 7:30, free.
SATURN READING SERIES
Adam Mars Bronitsky reads as part of "Saturn Reading Series" at Revival, hosted by John Chism, Bill Duke & Su Polo, followed by open mic; 129 E. 15th St. (betw. 3rd Ave. & Irving Pl.), 598-4820; 7:30, $3.
SETH TOBOCMAN, WILLIAM UPSKI WIMSATT
Soft Skull Press authors read from You Don't Have to Fuck People Over to Survive & two stories about hiphop culture, Bomb the Suburbs & No More Prisons, respectively; Revolution Books, 9 W. 19th St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 691-3345; 7, free.
TRU MUSICAL READINGS
New series of staged readings followed by panel discussions. Today, Vices with Everett Bradley, Susan Draus, Michael Heitzman & Ilene Reid; 14th St. Y Theater, 344 E. 14th St. (betw. 1st & 2nd Aves.), 714-7628; 7, free.
THE OY OF SEX
Editor Marcy Sheiner & contributors read from Jewish women's erotica anthology; Bluestockings, 172 Allen St. (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), 777-6028; 7, free.
HARRY ELLISON'S POETS CIRCLE
Weekly lecture on the art & craft of poetry followed by readings & discussions of participants' works. This week, "Analyzing Poetry;" Corrado Bakery Cafe, 120 E. 15th St. (Irving Pl.), 718-651-1664; 6:30, $7.
WE GOT THE BEAT
Weekly open mike for poets & musicians, tonight, Marc Levy is featured; Village Community School, 272 W. 10th St., (betw. Greenwich & Washington Sts.), 946-4356; 7, $3.