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Feb. 11: Good Thunder Reading Series Hosting Poet, Essayist and Literary Critic Stephen Burt

Events include workshop, talk on craft, reading and book signing.


Mankato, Minn. -- The Good Thunder Reading Series at Minnesota State University, Mankato will host poet, essayist and literary critic Stephen Burt on Thursday, Feb. 11.

On Thursday, Feb. 11, Burt will lead a workshop at 10 a.m. in Centennial Student Union, Room 202, and give a “Talk on Craft” at 3 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium and do a reading from his work, followed by a book-signing in Centennial Student Union, Room 245.

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

Burt is a professor of English at Harvard University and has been called “one of the most influential poetry critics of his generation” by the New York Times. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, The Believer and the Boston Review. 

He is the author of eight published books, including two critical books on poetry and three poetry collections. His essay collection, “Close Calls with Nonsense” (Graywolf Press, 2009) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

His other works include “Belmont,” “The Art of the Sonnet,” “Something Understood: Essays and Poetry for Helen Vendler,” “The Forms of Youth: Adolescence and 20th Century Poetry,” “Parallel Play: Poems,” “Randall Jarrell on W. H. Auden,” “Randall Jarrell and His Age,” and “Popular Music.”

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 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.


The Good Thunder Reading Series’ mission is to promote literature, inspire creativity, and foster lively conversations about why writing matters.

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

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