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Good Thunder Presents: Friday, November 13

Good Thunder Presents: Two events on Friday, November 13


November 13:  Good Thunder Presents (two events):  "Writing Against the Grain: Subverting Gender Violence Through Poetry" and "Catching Weather:  Writing About the Midwest."

On Friday, November 13 Poet Jenny Yang Cropp will lead a writing workshop on "Writing Against the Grain:  Subverting Gender Violence Through Poetry" from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm in Room 202, Centennial Student Union, Minnesota State University, Mankato. This workshop will be a safe and nurturing environment in which to discuss how writing about gender violence can be both therapeutic and subversive.  Cropp will discuss alternatives to the dominant narratives about gender violence and offer poetic techniques for resisting and subverting those narratives.

The Good Thunder Reading Series is presenting this talk in collaboration with the Women's Center.
This event is free and open to the public. On Friday, November 13, Fiction writer Luke Rolfes will give a talk on "Catching Weather:  Writing About the Midwest" from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at the Emy Frentz Arts Guild (523 S Second Street, Mankato.

The Good Thunder Reading Series is presenting this talk in collaboration with the Twin Rivers Arts Council. This event is free and open to the public.

Jenny Yang Cropp is the author of one poetry collection, String Theory (Mongrel Empire Press, 2015), and one chapbook, Hanging the Moon (RockSaw Press, 2010). Her work was recently anthologized in Nodin Press’s Anthology of Poetry, and her poems have appeared in various journals including Ecotone, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Boxcar Poetry Review. She teaches English at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, and is completing a Ph.D. in English at the University of South Dakota Women's Center.

Fiction writer Luke Rolfes knows the Midwest: he was born and raised in Iowa, went to school in Minnesota, lives and teaches in Missouri, and is the author of Fly-Over Country, an award-winning collection of short stories. Rolfes will discuss using the Midwest as a setting for his work. He’ll also give a short reading and lead a writing exercise on place.

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