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March 13-16: Good Thunder Reading Series

Minnesota author Lesley Nneka Arimah and Jessica Guess are sixth and seventh writers in this year's series.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Good Thunder Reading Series News Release, 3-5-2018

Mankato, Minn. - Minnesota State University, Mankato will host Minnesota author Lesley Nneka Arimah and fiction and creative nonfiction writer Jessica Guess March 13-16 as the sixth and seventh writers who will be on campus for this year’s Good Thunder Reading Series.

Arimah, this year’s Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer, will hold a workshop daily Tuesday-Friday, March 13-16 from 10-11 a.m. at the Emy Frentz Gallery, located at 523 S. 2nd St. in Mankato. On Wednesday, March 14 from 7:30-8:30 pm, Arimah and Guess will read from their work in the University’s Centennial Student Union, Room 253.

On Thursday, March 15, Arimah will also hold a “Talk on Craft” from 3-4 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ (150 Stadium Court in Mankato). All Good Thunder Reading Series events are free and open to the public.

Arimah is originally from the United Kingdom but now resides in Minneapolis. She is the author of the short story collection, “What It Means When a Man Falls from The Sky,” and a forthcoming novel. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers, GRANTA and elsewhere.

Arimah is the recipient of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, an O’Henry Award, and support from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Jerome Foundation and other organizations.

Her stories have been shortlisted for the Caine Prize, a finalist for the National Magazine Award, and included in “The Best American Non-required Reading,” and O’Henry Prize anthologies.

Guess is from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She is an MFA candidate in Minnesota State Mankato’s Creative Writing Program, a composition instructor and a workshop leader for the Good Thunder Reading Series outreach program.

Her work has been featured in Luna Station Quarterly and Mused BellaOnline Literary Review. In 2017, Guess attended the Voices of Our Nation workshop, where she studied with writer Marjorie Liu. She is the recipient of the 2017 Robert C. Wright Award.

The Good Thunder Reading Series is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant 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 2017-18 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.

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