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March 19: Good Thunder Reading Series

Writer Chris Abani will answer questions about writing, present a craft talk and give a reading.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of English News Release, 2-25-2015

On Thursday, March 19, Chris Abani will answer questions about writing, present a craft talk, and give a reading. All events are free and open to the public.

There will be an informal question and answer session held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in CSU room 202. Craft talk will be from 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m in the CSU Ostrander Auditorium. Then a reading and book signing will occur from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in CSU room 245. Books will be available for purchase/

Chris Abani's prose includes "Song For Night," "The Virgin of Flames," "Becoming Abigail," "GraceLand," and "Masters of the Board." His poetry collections are "Sanctificum," "There Are No Names for Red," "Feed Me The Sun: Collected Long Poems," "Hands Washing Water," "Dog Woman," "Daphne's Lot," and "Kalakuta Republic." He holds a BA in English (Nigeria), an MA in Gender and Culture (Birkbeck College, University of London), an MA in English and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing (University of Southern California). He is a Professor at Northwestern University and the recipient of the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the Prince Claus Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a California Book Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a PEN Beyond the Margins Award, the PEN Hemingway Book Prize, and a Guggenheim Award.

An interview with Abani will air on KMSU 89.7 FM, on Thursday, March 19 at 1 p.m., and on Friday, March 20, 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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