BRENDA WONG AOKI, a San Francisco storyteller, will be in Utah this week as part of the Utah Arts Council Performing Arts Tour.
Aoki was born in Utah and raised in California. A scholar in Oriental mythology, Aoki describes her stories as "The poignant beauty of fleeting life."She will at Box Elder Junior High School in Brigham City at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23. Admission is $2; phone 723-6769 for information. At 11 a.m. Thursday, April 25, she'll give a free reading at Southern Utah University; call 586-7756 for information. Then at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27, she'll be at Salt Lake Community College. Admission is $5; phone 967-4112.
- MARK C. JACKMAN and IAN PROBASCO will read from their poetry at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at 240 S. Main. An open reading will follow.
- NADYA AISENBERG will address the Utah State Poetry Society on Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27, at the Shilo Inn, 206 S. West Temple. Aisenberg is the author of several books of poetry, including "Before We Were Strangers." The society's annual awards will be presented at the festival.
- MARILYNNE ROBINSON, author of "Housekeeping," will be at the Park Library, 4870 S. 2700 West, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, to discuss her book with the public. For information call 943-4636.
- THE LEAGUE OF UTAH WRITERS has announced the winners of its annual competition. Winners include:
Query letter: Mary Baker, first; Helen Glissmeyer, second; Kathleen Watts, third. Light verse: Michael Fine, first; Louise Helps, second; Grace Diane Jessen, third. Essay: Delyse Bellon, first; Carol Quist, second; Mary I. Baker, third. Article: Lynn Miller, first; Delyse Bellon, second; LaRene Gaunt, third.
- VERA NABOKOV, widow of the writer Vladimir Nabokov, has died at 89. She had suffered for some time from Parkinson's disease. The Nabokovs, both Russian-born U.S. citizens, retreated to live in Montreux, Switzerland, to escape publicity.