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Feb. 17-20: Good Thunder Reading Series

Poet Natalie Diaz and fiction writer Danielle Sosin to visit.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of English Announcement, 2-13-2015

Mankato, Minn. -- Poet Natalie Diaz and fiction writer Danielle Sosin will visit the University on Tuesday, Feb. 17 through Friday, Feb. 20 as part of the Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Residency.

Diaz will present a writing workshop Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. in Centennial Student Union, Room 202, and Sosin will present a writing workshop Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. in Centennial Student Union, Room 203. Both writers will present a craft talk Thursday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium and then a reading at 7:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union, Room 245.

Diaz grew up in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, Calif., on the banks of the Colorado River. She is an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Community. After playing professional basketball in Europe and Asia for several years, she completed her master’s in poetry and fiction at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. She has numerous professional honors and teaches for the Institute of American Indian Arts Low Residency master’s program in Santa Fe, N.M., and resides in Mohave Valley, Ariz.

Sosin is the author of “The Long-Shining Waters,” a novel from Milkweed Editions 2011. “The Long-Shining Waters” won the Milkweed National Fiction Prize and was chosen as the One Book South Dakota 2013. The novel was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award as well as the Midwest Independent Bookseller’s Choice Award. Her first book was a collection of short stories, “Garden Primitives,” from Coffee House Press, 2000. Sosin has been the recipient of many awards and fellowships including the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council and the Loft Literary Center. She resides in Duluth, Minn.

Contact series director Diana Joseph at or at 507-389-5144 with questions.

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