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April 11: Good Thunder Reading Series

Creative writing alums Kris Bigalk, Thomas Maltman, Scott Wrobel to discuss their work.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of English News Release, 4-5-2013

Minnesota State University Mankato’s Good Thunder Reading Series continues its spring programing when it features published alumni of its MFA program in creative writing on Thursday, April 11. Poet Kris Bigalk and fiction writers Thomas Maltman and Scott Wrobel will meet with community writers in the morning and be interviewed on KMSU 89.7 FM. At 3:00 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ostrander Auditorium, they will lead a discussion on the craft of writing. At 7:30 p.m. in CSU Room 253, they will read from their published work. All events are free and open to the public.

KRIS BIGALK (pictured left) is the author of the poetry collection Repeat the Flesh in Numbers. Individual poems have also appeared in the anthologies Poetry City, USA and Open to Interpretation: Water's Edge, and she is authoring a forthcoming creative writing textbook for Cengage Books. She has been awarded two Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants in Poetry, and a MnSCU Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Teaching. Director of Creative Writing at Normandale Community College, Kris holds two degrees from MSU Mankato: an MAT, and an MFA in Creative Writing.

THOMAS MALTMAN’S (pictured right) essays, poetry, and fiction have been published in many literary journals. He has an MFA from MSU Mankato. His first novel, The Night Birds, won an Alex Award, a Spur Award, and the Friends of American Writers Literary Award. In 2009, the American Library Association chose The Night Birds as an “Outstanding Book for the College Bound.” He's taught for four years as part of the AFA program in Creative Writing at Normandale Community College and he lives in the Twin Cities area. His second novel, Little Wolves, was recently published.

SCOTT WROBEL (pictured left) has published in Great River Review, Identity Theory, Minnesota Monthly, Night Train, Pindeldyboz, The Rake, Word Riot, and other places. He is winner of a Loft Mentor Series Fiction Award and the Third Coast Creative Nonfiction Contest. His book of darkly comic and inappropriate stories about suburban men, Cul De Sac, was published by Sententia Books in April 2012. He has taught fiction at The Loft Literary Center and currently teaches English at Anoka Ramsey Community College. His web site is

An interview with the writers, part of the “Authors in Transit” series on public-radio station KMSU 89.7 FM, will air on Thursday, April 11, at 1:00 p.m., and Friday, April 12, at 11:00 a.m.

This year’s Good Thunder Reading Series is funded by the Minnesota State Mankato Department of English, the College of Arts and Humanities, the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment, the Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Endowment, the Robert C. Wright Endowment, and individual donors. This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State's arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. Additionally, this activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. MSU Library Services and the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Minnesota State offer additional assistance.

For more information about the series, contact Richard Robbins at the MSU Mankato Department of English, 507.389.1354, or see the web site at

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