We're not entirely sure how much walking for your highbrow literary art you guys are willing to do, and with the holidays coming up there's a dearth of good readings going on in the city this week anyway, but Gothamist is here to get you to your literary events through snow, sleet, hail, transit strikes, whatever! So taking all that in stride, here are a few things you'll want to mark on your calendar.

2005_12_transtrikemini.jpgSomething for tonight that might seem a little wacky, a little off-the-beaten path, is McNally Robinson's Tupelo Press Poetry series. Tonight is called The Imaginary Poet's Anthology and it's described as "an evening of international poetry in which 22 poets create 22 imaginary poets: their task: translate a poem into English, and write a short essay of the poem as the imaginary poet." we're not even sure we fully understand what that's going to entail, which means it could be really interesting. It's moderated by Tupelo Press editor-in-chief and publisher, Jeffrey Levine. McNally Robinson (50 Prince St., between Lafayette and Mulberry) is an independent bookstore and a lovely tea house, as well. The event is free.

Tonight is also good for KGB Bar (85 East 4th Street, and what night isn't?), where hosts Ellen Datlow and Gavin J. Grant present their reading series, Fantastic Fiction. On the board tonight are Jack Womack, the author of seven novels, including Elvissy and Random Acts of Senseless Violence, and F. Brett Cox, who's co-editor of Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic.

The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church (131 E. 10th St., near Third Ave.) is worth mentioning for its readings in general, but their annual coup de grace is the New Year's Day Marathon Reading, which is basically an all day event when over 130 artists and authors from all corners of the New York art world - Anne Waldman, Penny Arcade, Steve Earle, Philip Glass, and Lenny Kaye to name a few - that get together read poetry and perform in celebration of the new year. Sounds pretty cool to us. It's the 32nd year the event has been in existence, and we almost wish we could have gone to some of the earlier years and seen the greats in their youth! It's happening, obviously, on January 1st, and it's free.

This next event is pretty far off into the cloudy future of February (will the strike be over by then, do you think?) but we think it's worth mentioning early. In the next few weeks, many New Yorkers will be returning home to the wilds of their misspent youths. And that means - teenaged diaries! The awesome organizers of the Cringe reading series want you to dig deep into the shame of your adolescent scribblings (c'mon, you're bloggers, you know you all kept diaries) and start getting that humiliation ready for their February 7th return to the stage at Freddy's Back Room (485 Dean Street, corner of Dean Street and 6th Avenue in Brooklyn). What better way to start the new year right than reading aloud to strangers about the hots you had for dreamy Zack Morris?

We sincerely hope you find a way to work literature into your strike experience - let us know about any hidden great readings or reading series we're missing, too, we're always on the lookout for new places!