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2018-2019 Good Thunder Reading Series Features Six Events

Eight writers are featured in 2018-2019, the series' 37th year.

Good Thunder Reading Series News Release, 8-16-2018

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s 2018-2019 Good Thunder Reading Series will host eight writers during six events in the series’ 37th year.

The annual Good Thunder Reading Series invites new and established writers to Mankato to come together with community readers and writers, be interviewed on public radio, conduct discussions on the craft of writing, and read from their published works.

All events are open to the public. For more details and specific locations of each event, please visit the Good Thunder Reading Series website (

Featured writers in the fall 2018 Good Thunder Reading Series include:

  • Thursday, Sept. 13: Poet and essayist Ladan Osman
  • Thursday, Oct. 11: Fiction writer Nick White
  • Wednesday-Thursday, Nov. 7-8: Poet Danez Smith

The spring 2019 series will feature:

  • Thursday, Feb. 7: Short story writer Sequoia Nagamatsu is this year’s Robert C. Wright Minnesota Writer Resident. Poet and 2018 Robert C. Wright award winner Jordan Deveraux will read from his work.
  • Tuesday-Friday, March 12-15: Poet Layli Long Soldier is this year’s annual Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Resident.
  • Wednesday-Thursday, April 10-11: Memoirist and novelist Lidia Yuknavitch is this year’s annual Nadine B. Andreas Visiting Writer Resident, in partnership with the University’s Women’s Center. Poet Lorna Pecard, a master of fine arts candidate in Minnesota State Mankato’s Creative Writing Program and the 2018-19 Andreas graduate assistant, will read from her work.

The Good Thunder Reading Series began in 1982 and has committed itself since to programs that balance emerging and established talent drawn from Minnesota, the Upper Midwest, and the rest of the nation.

The Good Thunder Reading Series is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The 2018-19 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 Women’s Center, the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment, the Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Endowment, the Robert C. Wright Endowment and individual donors. The Twin Rivers Council of the Arts, First Congregational UCC and Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Minnesota State Mankato offer additional assistance.

For more information contact Candace Black at 507-389-2680 or visit

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,712 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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