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Jan. 29: Good Thunder Reading Series

Poets Traci Brimhall and Ed Skoog will answer questions about writing, present a craft talk and give a reading.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of English News Release, 1-12-2015

On Thursday, Jan. 29, poets Traci Brimhall and Ed Skoog will answer questions about writing, present a craft talk, and give a reading. All events are free and open to the public.

They will be having an informal question and answer session between 10 a.m. and 11 CSU room 202. Craft talk will be held from 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. A reading and book signing will be occurring from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in CSU room 245. 

Traci Brimhall is the award-winning author of two poetry collections, Our Lady of the Ruins and Rookery. Her poems have appeared "Kenyon Review," "Slate,The Believer," "Ploughshares," "New England Review," "The New Yorker," and "Best American Poetry 2013." She’s received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the King/Chávez/Parks Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She’s currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Kansas State University.

Ed Skoog's poetry collections include "Mister Skylight" and "Rough Day." He has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Lannan Foundation, Richard Hugo House, and the Jenny McKean Moore Writer in Washington Fellowship at George Washington University. He has been a visiting assistant professor at the University of Montana. He coordinates the Idyllwild Summer Poetry Week, and co-hosts, with novelist J. Robert Lennon, the podcast Lunch Box, With Ed and John.

An interview with Brimhall and Skoog will air on KMSU 89.7 FM, on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 1 p.m., and on Friday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m.

The 2014–2015 Good Thunder Reading Series is funded by Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of English, College of Arts and Humanities, Office of Institutional Diversity, Library Services, the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment, the Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Endowment, the Robert C. Wright Endowment, and individual donors. Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Minnesota State University offers additional assistance. This activity is also made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriate from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

​Series contact: Diana Joseph, Series Director,, 507.389.5144

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