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Sept. 15-16: Good Thunder Reading Series

Diana Spechler, a novelist, journalist and creative nonfiction writer, opens 2016-17 series.

Good Thunder Reading Series News Release, 9-5-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato will host author Diana Spechler, a novelist, journalist and creative nonfiction writer, Thursday and Friday, Sept. 15-16, as the first of nine writers who will be on campus for this year’s Good Thunder Reading Series.

On Sept. 15, Spechler will hold a workshop from 10-11 a.m. at the Emy Frentz Gallery, located at 523 S. Second St. in Mankato, and then a “Talk on Craft” from 3-4 p.m. on the Minnesota State Mankato campus in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium. That evening, Spechler will read from her work from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union, Room 245.

The following day (Sept. 16), Spechler will hold two events at the Arts Center of St. Peter, located at 315 S. Minnesota Ave. in Saint Peter, Minn. She will hold a story-telling workshop from 5-6 p.m. and an open microphone session from 7:30-9 p.m.

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

Spechler is the author of the novels “Who By Fire” and “Skinny,” the New York Times column, “Going Off,” and a forthcoming nonfiction book based on that column.

She has written for Esquire, GQ, Paris Review, O The Oprah Magazine, PANK, The Wall Street Journal, Salon, Slate, Nerve, Glimmer Train Stories, Brevity, The Southern Review, and elsewhere.

She is also a seven-time Moth StorySLAM winner and has been featured on The Moth Radio Hour, The Moth podcast, The Daily Dish, and National Public Radio. Flavorwire named her one of “50 Writers You Need To See Read Live.”

Spechler recently won the Orlando Nonfiction Prize from A Room of Her Own Foundation and the Baltimore Review Creative Nonfiction Prize. After receiving her master of fine arts degree from the University of Montana, Spechler was a Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University and the writer-in-residence at Portsmouth Abbey School.

A 2012-2013 LABA Fellow, a 2013 fellow of the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Bulgaria, a 2014 Visiting Artist at The Betsy Hotel, and winner of The San Miguel Writers’ Conference 2014 Writing Contest, she teaches writing for The Wounded Warrior Project, and for Stanford University’s Online Writer’s Studio.

The Good Thunder Reading Series is 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.

The 2016-17 Good Thunder Reading Series also receives support from Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of English, College of Arts and Humanities, Office of Institutional Diversity, the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment, the Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Endowment, the Robert C. Wright Endowment and individual donors. The Arts Center of St. Peter, the Twin Rivers Council of the Arts and Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Minnesota State Mankato offer additional assistance.

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


Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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