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March 15-18: Good Thunder Reading Series to Host Poet Jonathan Johnson

Johnson's visit is part of Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Residency.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of English News Release, 3-4-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato will host poet and creative nonfiction writer Jonathan Johnson from March 15-18 for the Good Thunder Reading Series’ Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Residency.

Johnson will lead a writing workshop at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 15 through Friday, March 18 in Centennial Student Union, Room 202. He will present a craft talk at 3 p.m. on March 17 in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium, and give a reading from his work at 7:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union, Room 245.

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

Johnson’s poems have appeared in Best American Poetry and numerous other anthologies, as well as recent issues of Southern Review, Ploughshares, North American Review and The Prairie Schooner. Johnson is also the author of a memoir, “Hannah and the Mountain: Notes Toward a Wilderness Fatherhood,” published in 2005 by the University of Nebraska Press in its American Lives Series.

His first collection of poetry, “Mastodon, 80% Complete,” was published in 2001 by Carnegie Mellon. His second collection of poems, “In the Land We Imagined Ourselves,” was published in 2010.

Johnson is a professor at the Inland Northwest Center for Writers, the master of fine arts program at Eastern Washington University.

The Good Thunder Reading Series is funded by Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of English, College of Arts and Humanities, Office of Institutional Diversity, Library Services, the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment, the Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Endowment, the Robert C. Wright Endowment, and individual donors. Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Minnesota State Mankato offers additional assistance. This activity is also 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.

For photos or more information, contact Diana Joseph at or 507-389-5144.


Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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