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April 24: Good Thunder Reading Series

Faculty creative writers Candace Black and Roger Scheffer to lead discussion and read from their published work.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of English News Release, 4-14-2014

Mankato, Minn. -- Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Good Thunder Reading Series ends its 2013-14 academic year programming when faculty creative writers Candace Black and Roger Sheffer hold a residency on Thursday, April 24.

In the morning, the two will be interviewed on KMSU 89.7 FM. At 3 p.m. in CSU Ostrander Auditorium, they will lead a discussion on the craft of writing. At 7:30 p.m. in CSU Room 253, they will read from their published works. All events are free and open to the public.

Black teaches in the creative writing program at Minnesota State Mankato. Her 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."

Sheffer has won several national short-story contests during the past five years, including those from Third Coast, Fugue, Yemassee, and Cream City Review. His most recent story collection is "Music of the Inner Lakes."

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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