Feb. 9: Good Thunder Reading Series Hosts Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Thursday, February 9, 2023
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
First event, Workshop at Hubbard Building

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Good Thunder Reading Series will host poet, novelist and visual artist Rachel Eliza Griffiths on Thursday, Feb. 9 in the series’ fourth event of the 2022-2023 academic year.

All the events are free and open to the public.

Feb. 9 schedule:

  • 10-11 a.m. – Workshop at Hubbard Building, Room 201, 424 N. Riverfront Drive, Mankato
  • 3-4 p.m. – “Talk on Craft,” Centennial Student Union, Rooms 253/4/5.
  • 7:30-8:30 p.m. – Rachel Eliza Griffiths will read from her work; Centennial Student Union, Rooms 253/4/5. Books will be available for purchase.

The following information about the writer was provided by the Good Thunder Reading Series:

Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet, novelist and visual artist. Her most recent hybrid collection of poetry and photography, “Seeing the Body” (W.W. Norton 2020), was selected as the winner of the 2021 Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award in Poetry, the 2021 Paterson Poetry Prize and a finalist for the 2021 NAACP Image Award. Her literary and visual work has appeared widely, including the New Yorker, the Paris Review, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Best American Poetry (2020, 2021), Guernica, the Kenyon Review, Lit Hub and many others. Griffiths is the recipient of fellowships, including Cave Canem, Kimbilio, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Civitella Ranieri and Yaddo. Her debut novel, “Promise” (Random House), is forthcoming in 2023.

Founded in 1981, the Good Thunder Reading Series brings nationally and internationally acclaimed writers from diverse backgrounds and literary traditions to Mankato, Minnesota, with the goal of promoting access to great literature, inspiring creativity and connections in our communities, and fostering lively conversations about how writers work and why writing matters.

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 2022-23 Good Thunder Reading Series also receives support from Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of English, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Women’s Center, 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 provides additional assistance.

For more information or to get involved, contact Robin Becker at robin.becker@mnsu.edu or visit gt.mnsu.edu.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,482 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 26 colleges and seven universities.


Robin Becker

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