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Sept. 13: Good Thunder Reading Series Begins

Poets Carl Adamshick, Dorianne Laux kick off series’ 31st year.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office, 9-10-2012

Mankato, Minn. – Oregon poet Carl Adamshick and North Carolina poet Dorianne Laux will kick off the 31st year of Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Good Thunder Reading Series Thursday, Sept. 13, with discussions and readings of their work.

Adamshick and Laux will meet with community writers in the morning and will be interviewed on KMSU 89.7 FM. At 3 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium, they will lead a discussion on the craft of writing. They will read from their published work at 7:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 253.

All events are free and open to the public.

Adamshick is author of the poetry collection, Curses and Wishes, and is the winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets and the Oregon Book Award. His poetry has been included as part of Poetry-in-Motion, a nationwide arts project that brings together poetry advocacy and public transportation. His poetry, essays, and translations have appeared in American Poetry Review, Narrative, Harvard Review, Missouri Review, Tin House, ZYZZYVA and several others.

Dorianne Laux wrote the most recent collections The Book of Men and Facts about the Moon. Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Oregon Book Award, and the Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry, Laux is also the author of Awake, What We Carry and Smoke from BOA Editions. Laux is a poetry teacher in the MFA Program at North Carolina State University and is founding faculty at Pacific University’s Low Residency MFA Program.

The Good Thunder Reading Series invites emerging and established writers to Mankato. It began in 1982 and has committed itself since to programs that balance emerging and established talent drawn from Minnesota, the Upper Midwest and the rest of the nation.

This year’s 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, appropriated by the Legislature. Library Services and the Barnes & Noble Bookstore offer additional assistance.

Those who want more information may call Richard Robbins, Department of English, the director of the Good Thunder Reading Series at (507) 389-1354, or go to

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, a system of 31 public colleges and universities with 54 campuses in 47 communities throughout the state of Minnesota. 

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