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Sept. 9: Good Thunder Reading Series Chapbook Open House & Reading

Free public event celebrates writers from summer workshops.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office Announcement, 8-31-2017

Minnesota State University, Mankato's Good Thunder Reading Series is holding an open house and reading on Saturday, Sept. 9 to celebrate two chapbooks of stories and poetry written during two five-week workshops -- one for Somali youth and one for the children's mothers -- that were held simultaneously this summer at the Islamic Center in Mankato.

The celebration event will be held Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Islamic Center (329 North Broad Street), with an open house beginning at 6 p.m. and reading beginning at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

"Our Heroes" is the chapbook about the youth workshop, and "These Are Our Stories" is the chapbook about the mothers' workshop.

More than 20 kids (ranging in age from 3 to 17 years old) attended the youth workshop, which was led by Minnesota State Mankato faculty member Geoff Herbach (Department of English), with assistance from master of fine arts students Jessica Guess and Renée Mitchell-Matsuyama and faculty member Rachael Hanel (Department of Mass Media).

Minnesota State Mankato faculty members Gwen Westerman and Sarah Henderson Lee, both from the University's Department of English, facilitated the workshop for mothers.

Minnesota State Mankato faculty member Bradley Coulter (Department of Art) designed the "Our Heroes" chapbook, and Lydia Coulter designed the "These Are Our Stories" chapbook.

For more information, contact Diana Joseph, Minnesota State Mankato professor of English and director of the Good Thunder Reading Series, by email at

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