Writer Antonya Nelson, who reads at todays Poison Pen Reading Series, lets her characters take the lead. I might create characters whose actions I dont understand, she explains. [The] process of writing and inventing is to make that persons actions make sense. In her new book Nothing Right, Nelson fills the pages with characters that, fittingly and ungrammatically speaking, cant get nothing right. It seems like the nature of the beast of storytelling in general is about trouble, says Nelson. So, its not unique to me, for sure. Nelson has written six collections of fiction and three novels, received a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 2000 and was named by The New Yorker as one of the twenty young fiction writers for the new millennium. Rus Bradburd and Kathleen Lee also appear at todays reading. 8:30 p.m. Poison Girl, 1641 Westheimer. For information, call 713-537-9929 or visit www.myspace.com/poisongirlbar. Free.