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Three faculty writers to read, discuss writing

Three faculty writers will be featured in the next Good Thunder Reading Series event Thursday, Nov. 17.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [11-14-11]

Three faculty writers will be featured in the next Good Thunder Reading Series event at Minnesota State University, Mankato Thursday, Nov. 17.

The three – poet-nonfiction writer Candace Black, poet Richard Robbins and fiction writer Roger Sheffer – will read from their published work in a free, public event at 7:30 p.m. in Room 253 of Centennial Student Union. They will lead a discussion about the craft of writing at 3 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

The events are free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

They also will be interviewed on KMSU 89.7 FM – part of the “Authors in Transit” series – and the interview will air Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m.

Black’s book of poems, The Volunteer, won the 2000 Minnesota Voices Prize and was published by New Rivers Press in 2003. A chapbook, Casa Marina, won the 2009 Thomas Wilhelmus Award and was published by RopeWalk Press in 2010. Her creative nonfiction has been published in The Blueroad Reader, turnrow and War, Literature and the Arts.

Robbins, who directs the creative writing program, has published five books of poems, most recently Radioactive City and Other Americas. He has received awards from The Loft, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Society of America.

Sheffer has won several national short-story contests, including competitions in Third Coast, Fugue, Yemassee and Cream City Review. His most recent story collection is Music of the Inner Lakes (New Rivers).

This year’s Good Thunder Reading Series is funded by the Department of English, the College of Arts & 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. It is made possible by a Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Library Services and the Barnes & Noble Bookstore offer additional assistance.

Those who want more information may call Candace Black, Department of English, at (507) 389-2680, or go to

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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