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Feb. 19-22: Twin Cities Writers Featured in Barber Visiting Writer Residency

Good Thunder Reading Series resumes with four-day event.

2013-02-25
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office, 2-11-2013

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Good Thunder Reading Series resumes its 2012-13 schedule when it hosts Twin Cities fiction writer Marlon James and poet Bao Phi in the four-day Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Residency Tuesday-Friday, Feb. 19-22.

The writers will lead prose and poetry writing workshops each morning from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Centennial Student Unions rooms 202 (James) and 203 (Phi). During the week they will meet with individual writers in the community and with high school students and other groups. On Thursday, Feb. 21, at 3 p.m. in CSU Ostrander Auditorium, they will lead a discussion on the craft of writing. Also on Thursday, Feb. 21, they will read from their published work at 7:30 p.m. in CSU room 253.

All events are free and open to the public.

Marlon James was born in Kingston, Jamaica. His first novel, "John Crow's Devil," was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and was a New York Times Editors' Choice. His second novel, "The Book of Night Women," was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, The NAACP Image Award, and The Minnesota Book Award, which he won, and was on New York Magazine's list of best books of the year. He currently teaches at Macalester College and is working on his third novel.

Bao Phi has been a performance poet since 1991. He was featured on HBO's "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry," and was included in the Best American Poetry 2006 anthology. His first collection, "Song I Sing," was published by Coffee House Press in 2011. He currently works at the Loft Literary Center, where he creates and maintains programs for communities of color and marginalized voices.

An interview with the writer, part of the “Authors in Transit” series on public radio station KMSU 89.7 FM, will air on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m.

This year’s Good Thunder Reading Series is funded by the Minnesota State Mankato Department of English, the College of Arts and Humanities, the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment, the Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Endowment, the Robert C. Wright Endowment, and individual donors. This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State's arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008. Additionally, this activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. MSU Library Services and the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Minnesota State offer additional assistance.

For more information about the series, contact Richard Robbins at the Minnesota State Mankato Department of English, by phone at 507-389-1354, by email at richard.robbins@mnsu.edu, or see the web site at www.english.mnsu.edu/gt/.

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