JUDITH HEMSCHEMEYER, a translator, poet and one of the most respected literary minds in the country, will read from her translations of Anna Akhmatova's poems at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Social Work Auditorium on the University of Utah campus.

Hemschemeyer learned Russian just to be able to read Ahkmatova in the original.- DIANE GLANCY is the winner of the first annual North American Indian Prose Award.

Her manuscript, "Claiming Breath," is a collection of prose and poetry. She will receive $1,000 and her manuscript will be published by the University of Nebraska Press.

Glancy, a Cherokee writer and teacher, has two other books currently in print: "Iron Woman" (poems) and "Trigger Dance" (stories).

- THE SALT LAKE ARTS COUNCIL invites all local playwrights, poets, translators and fiction writers to apply for the council's 1991 reading series.

Readings are at the Art Barn each month. Since 1984 more than 100 writers have participated.

Deadline for submissions is May 20, 1991. For specific details contact Kim Duffin at 596-5000.

- PAT CONTOR AND HARRY FULSOM will read from their poetry at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at 240 S. Main. Fulsom plans to read translations from Russian.

Singer/guitarist Ken Shaw will provide music.

Admission is free.

- ARTURO ISLAS, a Stanford University English professor and the first Chicano novelist accepted by a major New York publishing house, died at his campus home of complications related to AIDS. He was 52.

Islas published two books within the past seven years - "The Rain God" in 1984 and "Migrant Souls" in 1990 - that his peers expect will cause his fame to grow and place him squarely in the 20th-century American canon of letters.