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Nov. 12-13: Good Thunder Reading Series Alumni Reading

Poet Jenny Yang Cropp and fiction writer Luke Rolfes will lead a writing workshop and present a talk on their craft.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-28-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Poet Jenny Yang Cropp and fiction writer Luke Rolfes will visit Minnesota State University, Mankato on Nov. 12-13 for an Alumni Reading event that is part of the 2015-2016 Good Thunder Reading Series.

On Nov. 12, Cropp and Rolfes will lead a creative writing workshop from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Centennial Student Union, Room 202, and present a talk on craft from 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium. They will read from their work at 7:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union, Room 245.

On Nov. 13, Cropp will give a talk on “Writing Against the Grain: Subverting Gender Violence Through Poetry” from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Centennial Student Union, Room 202. Rolfes will give a talk on “Catching Weather: Writing the Midwest” from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Emy Frentz Arts Guild, 523 S Second Street, Mankato, MN.

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

Cropp is the author of one poetry collection, “String Theory” (Mongrel Empire Press, 2015), and one chapbook, “Hanging the Moon” (RockSaw Press, 2010). Her work was recently included in Nodin Press’s "Anthology of Poetry," and her poems have appeared in journals such as Ecotone, Hayden’s Ferry Review and Boxcar Poetry Review.

She teaches English at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., and is completing a doctorate in English at the University of South Dakota.

Rolfes is the author of “Flyover Country,” winner of the Georgetown Review Press Short Story Collection Contest. His fiction was featured on Connotation Press: An Online Artifact; won the Iron Horse Discovered Voices Contest; and was shortlisted by the Iowa Short Fiction Award, Spokane Prize, and Flannery O’Connor Award. He was chosen as a mentor in the Association of Writers & Writing Programs’ 2015 “Writer to Writer” program, and is an editor for the Missouri-based magazine, The Laurel Review. His stories and essays have appeared in journals including North American Review, Bat City Review, Connecticut Review, Baltimore Review and others.

Rolfes grew up outside of Des Moines, Iowa, and currently teaches writing and literature at Northwest Missouri State University.

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 granta 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, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions. 

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