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2015-2016 Good Thunder Reading Series Begins Sept. 10

Series' 34th year will feature nine writers during six events.

Good Thunder Reading Series News Release, 8-10-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s 2015-2016 Good Thunder Reading Series will host nine writers during six events in the series’ 34th year.

The annual Good Thunder Reading Series invites emerging and established writers to Mankato to meet with community writers and readers, be interviewed on public radio, lead discussions on the craft of writing, and read from their published works.

All events are open to the public. For more details and specific locations of each event, please visit the Good Thunder Reading Series website.

Cited by the Minnesota Humanities Commission as “the premier small-town reading series in the country,” the series is intended to reflect the diversity and vitality found in contemporary writing.

The fall 2015 Good Thunder Reading Series will feature:

  • Thursday, Sept. 10: Fiction, creative nonfiction writer and feminist author Roxane Gay.
  • Thursday, Oct. 8 (Nadine B. Andreas Visiting Writer Residency): Fiction writer, memoirist, cartoonist, and playwright Lynda Barry and poet, fiction writer and creative nonfiction writer Michael Torres.
  • Thursday, Nov 12 (Minnesota State Mankato Alumni Reading): Poet Jenny Yang Cropp and fiction writer Luke Rolfes.

The spring 2016 series will feature:

  • Thursday, Feb 11: Poetry, essayist, literary critic Stephen Burt.
  • Tuesday-Friday, March 15-18 (Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Residency): Poet and creative nonfiction writer Jonathan Johnson.
  • Thursday, April 14 (Robert C. Wright Minnesota Writer Residency): Fiction, nonfiction writer Susan Power and poet Taylor Tolchin.

The Good Thunder Reading Series began in 1982 and has committed itself since to programs that balance emerging and established talent drawn from Minnesota, the Upper Midwest, and the rest of the nation.

The Good Thunder Reading Series is funded by Minnesota State Mankato’s 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 Mankato offers additional assistance. This activity is also made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

For more information contact Diana Joseph, at or 507-389-5144.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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