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September 13-14: Good Thunder

September 13-14: Good Thunder


Juan Felipe Herrera, a former US Poet Laureate, and the first Latino to hold the position, will here for Good Thunder on Wednesday and Thursday, September 13-14.

Herrera is the author of thirty books, including collections of poetry, prose, short stories, young adult novels and picture books. His work explores citizenship and civil rights, exile and immigration, community and inclusion of those who live on the margins. He's an engaging, dynamic speaker--his background includes involvement with street movement performance troupes--and some of his poems were designed for spoken delivery.

All of his events are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, September 13
Craft Talk: 3pm-4pm, First Congregational UCC, 150 Stadium Court, Mankato
Reading with the Poets of Aktion Club Theatre: 6:30pm-7:30pm, Elias J. Hall Recital Hall, Jane Earley Performing Arts Center, MSU (free parking in Lot 16)

Thursday, September 14
Workshop: 10am-11am, Emy Frentz Gallery, Twin Rivers Council for the Arts, 523 S. 2nd St., Mankato
Reading with Alyssa Striplin, 2017-18 Nadine B. Andreas Graduate Assistant, 253 Centennial Student Union, MSU
An informal reception and book signing will follow. Herrera's books will be available for purchase.

Juan Felipe Herrera is the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States (2015-2016) and the first Latino to hold the position. His many collections of poetry include “Notes on the Assemblage,” “Senegal Taxi” and “Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems.” He is the author of “Crashboomlove: A Novel in Verse,” and his books include “SkateFate,” “Calling The Doves,” “Upside Down Boy,” which was adapted into a musical for young audiences in New York City, and “Cinnamon Girl: Letters Found Inside a Cereal Box.” Herrera served at the California State Poet Laureate. He is a recipient of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, Americas Award, and Ezra Jack Keat Award. Herrera is also a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth.

Alyssa Striplin is an MFA candidate at Minnesota State University, Mankato and the managing editor of the Blue Earth Review. She is a recipient of the 2017-18 Nadine B. Andreas Graduate Assistantship.

Aktion Club Theatre of Mankato is a group of high-energy, upbeat people of all ages and abilities that stage original plays and performances around issues of disability-accessibility, community inclusion and sharing a message of peace, love, and acceptance. The plays are original and highlight the gifts and talents of each of the actors. The Aktion Club Theatre Poet’s Club has been a part of the Good Thunder Readings Series at Minnesota State University, Mankato since 2015. The members create original poetry that features in plays and public poetry readings. Students at Minnesota State, Mankato’s MFA in Creative Writing Program facilitate the group.

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