April is National Poetry Month. This week brings Earth Day. Today, Sound Transit and King County Metro Transit join forces to create an event that celebrates both events at once. As part of the Poetry on Buses program, local poets Jourdan Keith, Patricia Ferreyra, Liz Kellebrew, Paul Mullin, and Simon Wolf will read new work to help unveil a poetry installation at the Northgate Transit Center. Northgate Transit Center, 10200 1st Ave NE, http://poetryonbuses.org/, 5 pm, free.
Here is an insanely long list of poets who will be reading work at University Book Store to celebrate the closing of National Poetry Month: Christianne Balk, Michele Bombardier, Erika Brumett, Thomas Brush, Joanne Clarkson, Lyn Coffin, Kevin Craft, , Laura Da', Tige DeCoster, Suzanne Edison, Kayt Hoch, Sarah Jones, Carol Levin, Jayne Marek, Robert McNamara, Paul Nelson, Sierra Nelson, Raúl Sánchez, Heidi Seaborn, Martha Silano, Judith Skillman, Lillo Way, and Carolyne Wright. If you can't find someone to enjoy in that list, you must hate the very idea of poetry. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/, 6 pm, free.
Seattle writer G. Willow Wilson reads from her latest book, which is set in the waning days of Muslim Spain. Wilson read in Seattle a while ago for this book, but now she's closing out her tour with a Seattle-area appearance. I loved the hell out of The Bird King and I bet you will too. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/, 7 pm, free.
This reading celebrates Asian
American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Northwest AAPI writers, all of whom are affiliated in one way or another with the great national AAPI poetry organization Kundiman. Readers include Jerome Baek, Dujie Tahat, Diana Xin, Daniel Tam-Claiborne, and Troy Osaki—all Kundiman fellows or friends of Kundiman hailing from the Pacific Northwest. Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue, 322-7030, http://hugohouse.org, 7 pm, free.
Johnny Moses is a Northwest Native Storyteller, which means he shares stories from the Duwamish Tribe in prose and song. Come learn about the history and culture of Chief Seattle's tribe from a locally celebrated author and performer. Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center, 4705 West Marginal Way SW, https://www.facebook.com/events/412822596149836/, 7 pm, free.
Much Ado About Mean Girls is Portland author Ian Doescher's mashup of Shakespeare and the hugely influential Tina Fey-written movie about conflict between young women in high school. I'm all for anything that brings more attention to Mean Girls, even if the movie is maybe more appropriate to be made over into an Austen novel than a Shakespeare play. Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, http://thirdplacebooks.com, 6 pm, free.