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Nov. 15: Good Thunder Reading Series

Haitian-American Writer, MacArthur 'Genius' Grant Winner Featured

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 11-14-2012

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Good Thunder Reading Series concludes its fall 2012 set of offerings when it features Haiti-born fiction and creative nonfiction writer Edwidge Danticat (pictured left) on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 15 and 16.

The MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient visit will be part of the Nadine B. Andreas Visiting Writer Residency, which also includes the 2012-2013 Andreas Graduate Assistant, poet Angela Mullen.

On Thursday, Nov. 15, Danticat will lead a discussion on the craft of writing at 3 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ostrander Auditorium. At 7:30 p.m. in CSU room 253, she will join Mullen as they read from their in-progress and published work. On Friday, Nov. 16, Danticat will meet with community writers for a Q+A at 10:00 am in CSU Room 202. After that, she will be interviewed on KMSU 89.7 FM.

All events are free and open to the public.

Angela Mullen (pictured right) is currently working on her master of fine arts degree in creative writing at Minnesota State Mankato. She is a native of Iowa and received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Iowa. Her poems have appeared recently in "Northwind Magazine," "Welter," and "The Fiddleback."

Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti. Her parents having left for the U.S. when she was four, she was raised by her aunt under the dictatorial Duvalier regime. The family reunited in America when she was 12. Danticat is the author of several novels and books of stories, including "Breath, Eyes, Memory" and "The Dew Breaker." She has published creative nonfiction as well, most notably "Brother, I’m Dying," an account of the deaths of her father and her uncle, which was nominated for a National Book Award. Her latest book is a collection of essays, "Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist At Work." She has received many awards for her work, including the 2011 Harold Washington Literary Award in Chicago and a MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant in 2009. Danticat is currently working on a story collection tentatively titled "Claire of the Sea-Light," which will be published by Knopf 2012.

An interview with the writer, part of the “Authors in Transit” series on public-radio station KMSU 89.7 FM, will air on Friday, Nov. 16, 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 MSU Mankato Department of English, at 507.389.1354, at, or see the web site at

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