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March 13-16: Good Thunder: Lesley Nneka Arimah and Jessica Guess

March 13-16: Good Thunder: Lesley Nneka Arimah and Jessica Guess


Lesley Nneka Arimah, a 2010 alumna of the MFA program and this year's Eddice B. Barber visiting writer, will be here for a 4-day visit this week (March 13-16).

She's doing events each day.  She'll lead a writing workshop daily Tuesday-Friday, from 10-11 a.m. at the Emy Frentz Gallery (523 S. 2nd St).

On Wednesday, she and Jessica Guess, third year MFA student and winner of the Robert C. Wright award, will give a reading from 7:30-8:30 pm in CSU, Room 253.  Please note that Lesley's reading is on Wednesday instead of Thursday.

On Thursday, she'll present a craft talk from 3-4 p.m. at the First Congregational UCC (150 Stadium Court).

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

Lesley Nneka Arimah is originally from the United Kingdom but now resides in Minneapolis. She is the author of the short story collection, “What It Means When a Man Falls from The Sky,” and a forthcoming novel. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers, GRANTA and elsewhere. Arimah is the recipient of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, an O’Henry Award, and support from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Jerome Foundation and other organizations. Her stories have been shortlisted for the Caine Prize, a finalist for the National Magazine Award, and included in “The Best American Non-required Reading,” and O’Henry Prize anthologies.

Jessica Guess is from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She is an MFA candidate in Minnesota State Mankato’s Creative Writing Program, a composition instructor and a workshop leader for the Good Thunder Reading Series outreach program. Her work has been featured in Luna Station Quarterly and Mused BellaOnline Literary Review. In 2017, Guess attended the Voices of Our Nation workshop, where she studied with writer Marjorie Liu. She is the recipient of the 2017 Robert C. Wright Award.



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