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Oct. 12: Good Thunder Reading Series Welcomes Poet Marcus Wicker

Wicker will hold workshop, "talk on craft" and read from his work during his visit.

Good Thunder Reading Series News Release, 10-2-2017

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato will host poet Marcus Wicker (pictured), a National Poetry Series winner, Thursday, Oct. 12 as the second writer who will be on campus for this year’s Good Thunder Reading Series.

On Oct. 12, Wicker will hold a workshop from 10-11 a.m. at the Emy Frentz Gallery, located at 523 S. 2nd St. in Mankato. Wicker will also hold a “Talk on Craft” from 3-4 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, located at 150 Stadium Court in Mankato. Wicker will then read from his work from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union, Room 253.

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

Wicker is a recipient of the Ruth Lily Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, the Missouri Review’s Miller Audio Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem and the Fine Arts Work Center. His first collection, “Maybe the Saddest Thing,” a National Poetry Series winner, was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award. Wicker’s poems have appeared in The Nation, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Oxford American and Boston Review.

Wicker’s second book “Silencer,” will be available from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt later this year. He is the poetry editor of Southern Indiana Review.

The Good Thunder Reading Series is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The 2017-18 Good Thunder Reading Series also receives support from Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of English, College of Arts and Humanities, Office of Institutional Diversity, the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment, the Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Endowment, the Robert C. Wright Endowment and individual donors. Twin Rivers Council of the Arts and Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Minnesota State Mankato offer additional assistance.

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

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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