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Sept. 13: Ladan Osman is Featured Writer in Good Thunder Reading Series' Opening Event

Osman will hold a workshop, "Talk on Craft" and read from her work.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Good Thunder Reading Series News Release, 8-30-2018

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato will host poet and essayist Ladan Osman (pictured) Thursday, Sept. 13 as the first of eight writers who will be on campus for this year’s Good Thunder Reading Series.

On Sept. 13, Osman will begin her visit by holding a workshop from 10-11 a.m. at the Emy Frentz Gallery, located at 523 S. 2nd St., Mankato.

During the afternoon, Osman will 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.

Then in the evening, from 7:30-8:30 p.m., Osman will read from her work in the University’s Centennial Student Union, Room 245.

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

Osman is a Somali-born artist whose work is a lyric and exegetic response to problems of race, gender, displacement and colonialism. She is the author of “The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony” (University of Nebraska Press, 2015), winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize. Her next collection, “Exiles of Eden,” a work of poetry, photos, and experimental text, is forthcoming with Coffee House Press in 2019. Osman’s writing has been translated into over 10 languages.

The Good Thunder Reading Series, in its 37th year, 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 approximately 15,000 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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