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April 25: Final Good Thunder Series Residency Features Faculty

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Good Thunder Reading Series wraps up its 2012-2013 program.

Minnesota State University, Department of English News Release, 4-19-2013

Minnesota State University Mankato’s Good Thunder Reading Series wraps up its 2012-2013 program when it features two MSU Mankato creative writing faculty on Thursday, April 25. Fiction writer Geoff Herbach and fiction and creative nonfiction writer Diana Joseph will be interviewed on KMSU 89.7 FM in the morning. 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.

GEOFF HERBACH (pictured at right) is the author of the award-winning Stupid Fast YA series and the literary novel The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg. His short work has appeared in Metro Magazine, InDigest, on Minnesota Public Radio and in upcoming anthologies from Zest and Soho Press, among others. He is a veteran radio writer and performer, a former facilitator of the MnArtists MiniStory competition, and a board member of the Children's Literature Network. His second novel in the Stupid Fast Series, called Nothing Special, just won the Minnesota Book Award for Young People's Literature.

DIANA JOSEPH (pictured at left) is the author of the short story collection Happy or Otherwise and the memoir I'm Sorry You Feel That Way: The Astonishing But True Story of a Daughter, Sister, Slut, Wife, Mother and Friend to Man and Dog. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in River Teeth, Willow Springs, Marie Claire, Country Living, Best Sex Writing and elsewhere. Her work has been listed in Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and the Pushcart Prize anthology, and her memoir won the Great Lakes Colleges Association Award for Creative Nonfiction.

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 25, at 1:00 p.m., and Friday, April 26, 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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