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April 14: Good Thunder Reading Series

Author Susan Power and Minnesota State Mankato master of fine arts degree candidate Taylor Tolchin are featured writers.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Good Thunder Reading Series News Release, 4-3-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato will host Minnesota native Susan Power and Minnesota State Mankato master of fine arts degree candidate Taylor Tolchin on April 14 for the Robert C. Wright Minnesota Writer Residency as part of the Good Thunder Reading Series.

On Thursday, April. 14, Power will lead a workshop at 10 a.m. in Centennial Student Union, Room 202. She’ll present a craft talk at 3 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium. Power and Tolchin will read from their work and sign books at 7:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union, Room 245.

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

Power is the author of three books – “Roofwalker,” a Milkweed National Fiction Prize winner in 2002, “Sacred Wilderness,” and “The Grass Dancer,” a PEN/Hemingway prize in 1995. Her short stories and essays have been widely published in journals, magazines and anthologies including: The Best American Short Stories of 1993, The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The Southern Review and Granta. Her fellowships include an Iowa Arts Fellowship, James Michener Fellowship, Radcliffe Bunting Institute Fellowship, Princeton Hodder Fellowship, USA Artists Fellowship, and Loft McKnight Fellowship for 2015-16.

She is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and a native Chicagoan.

Taylor Tolchin is a second-year creative writing master of fine arts degree candidate at Minnesota State Mankato, where she is a poetry editor of the Blue Earth Review. The Chicago native received a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from DePaul 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 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.

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

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