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Oct. 24: Good Thunder Reading Series

Alicia Catt and Alan Davis featured.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of English News Release, 10-10-2013

Mankato,  Minn. -- Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Good Thunder Reading Series continues its 32nd season when it features two Minnesota writers, Minnesota State Mankato graduate student Alicia Catt and Moorhead fiction writer Alan Davis, during the Robert C. Wright Minnesota Writer Residency on Thursday, October 24. Davis will meet with community writers in Centennial Student Union Room 238 in the morning and be interviewed on KMSU 89.7 FM. At 3 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Ostrander Auditorium, he will lead a discussion on the craft of writing. At 7:30 p.m. in CSU Room 253, he will join Catt to read from published work. All events are free and open to the public.

Alicia Catt is the 2013 Robert Wright Award winner. A third-year MFA candidate in creative writing, she focuses on creative nonfiction.

Alan Davis was raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, and the University of Denver. He teaches now in the MFA programs at Fairfield University and Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he is also a Senior Editor at New Rivers Press. His recent book of stories, So Bravely Vegetative, won the Prize Americana for Fiction. His two previous short story collections both won the Minnesota Voices Project competition. He has also won two Fulbright awards, the Loft-McKnight Award of Distinction in Creative Prose, and a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship.

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 by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Minnesota State Mankato Library Services and the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Minnesota State Mankato offer additional assistance.

For more information about the series, contact Richard Robbins at the Minnesota State Mankato Department of English, 507-389-1354, or see the web site at

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