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Oct. 8: Good Thunder Reading Series Features Lynda Barry, Michael Torres

All events are free and open to the public.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of English News Release, 9-21-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato will host Lynda Barry and Michael Torres on Thursday, Oct. 8 for the Nadine B. Andreas Visiting Writer Residency as part of the Good Thunder Reading Series.

On Oct. 8, Barry will lead a writing workshop from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union, Room 245. She’ll present a “Talk on Craft” at 3 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium. She and Torres will read from their work at 7:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union, Room 245.

All Good Thunder Reading Series events are free and open to the public.

Barry is a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator and teacher. She is the author of an acclaimed creative writing-how-to-graphic novel, “What It Is,” which won the Eisner Award for Best Reality Based Graphic Novel, and “The Good Times are Killing Me,” which was adapted as an off-Broadway play and won the Washington State Governor's Award.

The associate professor in interdisciplinary creativity at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has had her comic strip “Ernie Pook’s Comeek” syndicated across North America in alternative weeklies for two decades.

Her most recent book, “Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor,” details her inspiring writing method, which focuses on the relationship between the hand, the brain, and spontaneous images, both written and visual.

Minnesota State Mankato faculty member and master of fine arts candidate Michael Torres is a poet, fiction writer, and creative nonfiction writer whose work has appeared in Okey-Panky, Solo Press, Miramar and other journals. His first chapbook, “The Beautiful Distraction,” was published by Finishing Line Press.

The California native earned a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside, and currently teaches writing at Minnesota State Mankato. He also serves as poetry editor of Blue Earth Review.

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 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.

For photos or 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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