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Feb. 2: Good Thunder Reading Series

Two Minnesota writers, author Jennifer Kwon Dobbs and Minnesota State Mankato master of fine arts degree candidate Amanda Malone, are series' next featured writers.

Good Thunder Reading Series News Release, 1-23-2017

Mankato, Minn. - Minnesota State University, Mankato will host author Jennifer Kwon Dobbs and Minnesota State Mankato master of fine arts degree candidate Amanda Malone on Thursday, Feb. 2 for the Robert C. Wright Minnesota Writer Residency as part of the Good Thunder Reading Series.

Kwon Dobbs will hold a workshop from 10-11 a.m. at the Emy Frentz Gallery (523 S. 2nd St. in Mankato), and then a “Talk on Craft” from 3-4 p.m. on the Minnesota State Mankato campus in the Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium. That evening Kwon Dobbs and Malone will read from their work from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union, Room 245.

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

Kwon Dobbs is the author of “Paper Pavilion” and is a recipient of the White Pine Press Poetry Prize and the England Poetry Clubs Sheila Motton Book Award for “Notes from a Missing Person” (Essay Press 2015) and “Song of a Mirror,” finalist for the Tupelo Snowbound Chapbook Award. Her work has appeared in the Asian American Literary Review; Blackbird; Columbia: A Journal of Art and Literature; Crazyhorse; Cimarron Review; and many others. She has received grants from the Daesan Foundation, Intermedia Arts and Minnesota State Arts Board.

Kwon Dobbs is an associate professor of English and program director of Race and Ethnic Studies at St. Olaf College, where she teaches poetry, creative nonfiction and Asian American literature. She currently lives in Saint Paul, Minn., with her partner Stefan Liess and son Thomas.

Malone was born and raised in New York but also lived in Georgia for nine years. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Georgia Southern University. Malone is the submissions manager for the literary magazine BULL, and her work has appeared in Wyvern Lit, CHEAP POP and Luna Luna Magazine, among many others.

The Good Thunder Reading Series is 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.

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 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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