March 23: Good Thunder Reading Series Hosts Writer Toni Jensen

Thursday, March 23, 2023
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
First event is workshop

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Good Thunder Reading Series will host writer Toni Jensen on Thursday, March 23 in the series’ fifth event of the 2022-2023 academic year.

All the events are free and open to the public.

March 23 schedule:

  • 10-11 a.m. – Workshop in University’s Memorial Library, 1st Floor, SW corner
  • 3-4 p.m. – The Kessel Peace Institute presents: Craft Talk; Centennial Student Union, Rooms 253/4/5. Books will be available for purchase.
  • 7:30-8:30 p.m. – Toni Jensen will read from her work; Centennial Student Union, Rooms 253/4/5. Books will be available for purchase.

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

Toni Jensen is the author of “Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land,” a finalist for the Dayton Peace Prize and a New York Times Editors’ Choice book (Ballantine 2020). An NEA Creative Writing Fellowship recipient in 2020, Jensen’s essays have appeared in Orion, Catapult and Ecotone, among others. She is also the author of the story collection “From the Hilltop.” She teaches at the University of Arkansas and the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is Métis.

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. The Maverick Shop at Minnesota State Mankato provides additional assistance.

For more information or to get involved, contact Robin Becker at or visit

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