A poet, women and open voices 

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Ongoing series and special events make the coming week an especially active one for the city’s literary scene.
Poet C.K. Williams will read as part of the Butler Visiting Writers Series tonight; 940-9861.
On Wednesday, March 3, poet C.K. Williams will read at Butler University’s Robertson Hall Johnson Room at 7:30 p.m. William’s 14th and most recent collection, The Singing, won the 2003 National Book Award. The volume before, Repair, captured the Pulitzer Prize in 2000. His work often focuses on the sensuous in things close at hand, and his interest in gender issues punctuates his lyrics with a certain intellectual note. In “The Dress” he writes of housedresses worn by his mother’s generation: “more than the way most women’s faces not only were never made up during the day, // but seemed scraped, bleached, and, with their plucked eyebrows, scarily masklike; / … it was those dresses that made women so unknowable and forbidding.” Williams, also well known as a translator, teaches at Princeton. The event is free. More information: 940-9861. On Thursday, March 4, the annual International Women’s Day Celebration soars at the IUPUI Library’s Lilly Auditorium, with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and performances beginning at 7. Featured readers include fiction writer Joanna Wos and poet Emily Watson. Dance, theater and more poetry will internationalize the festive creativity. A multicultural, multilingual open stage continues at 8:30. Information: Karen Kovacik at 274-9831. Several relatively new open stages are looking lively. Every late night Wednesday, the new “Hypothesis” event features local poets, music, dance and spoken word at the Jazz Kitchen (5377 N. College) beginning at 10 p.m. On Saturdays, the Nag Champa Café in Fountain Square (1063 Virginia Ave.) offers a 7 p.m. open mic sponsored by the Midwest Artists Coalition. And on Sundays, an 8 p.m. open reading is served up at the Abbey Coffeehouse (771 Massachusetts Ave.). Next Wednesday, March 10 (and the second Wednesday of every month), “Buzzwords,” the recently renamed open series from the Writers’ Center of Indiana, continues at 7 p.m. at the Indianapolis Art Center.

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