- ONE COULD MAKE THE CASE that G. Barnes and Katharine Coles - who head up the literary division of the Utah Arts Council - are derelict in their duties.

Their job is to promote the finest, freshest writing Utah, but for years they've neglected two of the best voices in the state: their own.The job of promoting the pair must be handled by others.

At 7:30 p.m. March 10 at A Bookstore, 130 N. First East, in Logan, Coles and Barnes will be reading from their own work.

Barnes, a native of Kansas, has traveled widely and gained a wide repertoire of skills, including painting, pottery, guitar picking and writing poetry. His most recent poem, "Life Drawing," has been well-circulated and often-published.

Coles, a Salt Lake native, is completing her doctorate in creative writing at the University of Utah. Her poetry manuscript, "Sex As a Trope," will likely land with a top-notch publisher.

- THE UTAH POETRY SOCIETY has slated a workshop for March 11, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake County Library, 2480 S. State. The session is free and open to the public.

Scott Cairns, who handles creative writing at Westminster College, will direct the workshop. Cairns is one of the more successful local poets. His book, "Theology of Doubt," has become a favorite in Utah.

His easy manner and aesthetic sensibilities have made him a drawing card at the college.

- TWO READINGS ARE ON TAP for March 9.

At 7 p.m. at Waking Owl Books, 208 S. 13th East, writer Raye Ringholz will be reading from her new book "Uranium Frenzy: Boom and Bust on the Colorado Plateau."

At 8 p.m. in Nunemaker Place on the Westminster College campus, fiction writer Janet Sylvester will be reading from her prose works.

The Westminster readings are sponsored by University of Utah creative writing program, the King's English, the Utah Arts Council and Ellipsis Magazine. For information call 488-4112.

For information on the Ringholz reading call 582-7323.

- RICHARD ARMOUR, the prolific poet and satirist who wrote such collections of light verse as "Golf Bawls" and "For Partly Proud Parents," has died at the age of 82.

Armour, who had suffered from Parkinson's disease for some time, died Tuesday at a convalescent home in Claremont, east of Los Angeles.

Since 1935, the self-confessed lover of words published more than 10,000 pieces of poetry, many only four lines in length.

His aim, he said, was "to sum up in four lines what a pedant would call a universal truth - and to leave it writhing." - (Reuters News Service)

- THE SPARROWGRASS POETRY FORUM Inc. is offering a $500 reward for a good poem.

There will be 34 other cash awards as well. Poets may enter one poem only, 20 lines or less, on any subject and in any style.

Deadline is March 31. There is no entry fee. Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope (SASE).

Send your poems to: Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum Inc., Dept. C, 203 Diamond St., Box 193, Sisterville, W.Va. 26175.

- HANS HELLMUT KIRST, one of West Germany's most successful post-war novelists, has died at the age of 74 in Bremen.

Among his 46 books was the 1962 drama "Night of the Generals," which was made into a motion picture in Hollywood.

His honors included a 1965 Edgar Allan Poe Award and the Knight of Mark Twain designation in 1968. (AP)

- FRANZ KAFKA IS REAPPEARING in print in his native Prague after nearly 20 years. But Vaclav Havel, the Czech dramatist well-known in the West, is in prison and his name is nowhere to be found on shop or library bookshelves.

The new attitude to Kafka does not extend to anything or anyone deemed a political challenge to the orthodox communists installed by Moscow to rule after 1968 in Czechoslovakia. (AP)