In his book Please, poet Jericho Brown speaks for the dead, living and imagined. Brown uses his verses to interpret the tortured minds of Janis Joplin, the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz, Diana Ross, the burning bush and more. Brown adds to the drama with a delivery style that sets each line to a lulling rhythm that would make a few of his subjects proud. Currently an assistant professor of English at the University of San Diego, Brown is no stranger to the Bayou City. He received his Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Houston. He went on to edit poetry for a handful of journals, earn a Cave Canem Fellowship and receive two travel fellowships to Polands Krakow Poetry Seminar. Brown reads today with fellow UH Ph.D.-receiver Bradford Gray Telford. 7 p.m. Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-523-0701 or visit www.brazosbookstore.com. Free.