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February 2: Good Thunder: Jennifer Kwon Dobbs and Amanda Malone

February 2: Good Thunder: Jennifer Kwon Dobbs and Amanda Malone


This Thursday, February 2, Good Thunder is featuring poet Jennifer Kwon Dobbs and second year MFA student Amanda Malone, the winner of the 2016 Robert Wright award.

Kwon Dobbs will hold a workshop from 10-11 a.m. at the Emy Frentz Gallery (523 S. 2nd St. in Mankato), and then a craft talk from 3-4 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. She and Malone  will read from their work from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in CSU, Room 245.

All Good Thunder Reading Series events are free and open to the public.

Jennifer Kwon Dobbs is the author of “Paper Pavilion” and is a recipient of the White Pine Press Poetry Prize and the England Poetry Clubs Sheila Motton Book Award for “Notes from a Missing Person” (Essay Press 2015) and “Song of a Mirror,” finalist for the Tupelo Snowbound Chapbook Award. Her work has appeared in the Asian American Literary Review; Blackbird; Columbia: A Journal of Art and Literature; Crazyhorse; Cimarron Review; and many others. She has received grants from the Daesan Foundation, Intermedia Arts and Minnesota State Arts Board. She is an associate professor of English and program director of Race and Ethnic Studies at St. Olaf College, where she teaches poetry, creative nonfiction and Asian American literature. She currently lives in Saint Paul, Minn., with her partner Stefan Liess and son Thomas.

Amanda Malone was born and raised in New York but also lived in Georgia for nine years. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Georgia Southern University. Malone is the submissions manager for the literary magazine BULL, and her work has appeared in Wyvern Lit, CHEAP POP and Luna Luna Magazine, among many others.

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