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Nov. 7-8: Good Thunder Reading Series

Poet Danez Smith is the third of eight writers who will be on campus for this year's Good Thunder Reading Series.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Good Thunder Reading Series News Release, 10-23-2018

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato will host poet Danez Smith (pictured) Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 7-8 as the third of eight writers who will be on campus for this year’s Good Thunder Reading Series.

On Nov. 7, Smith will hold a “Talk on Craft” from 3-4 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, located at 150 Stadium Court in Mankato.

On Nov. 8, Smith will hold a writing workshop from 10-11 a.m. at the Emy Frentz Gallery, located at 523 S. 2nd St. in Mankato and a reading from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the University’s Centennial Student Union, Room 245. Real-time captioning of the reading will be provided, and books will be available for purchase.

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

Smith, born in St. Paul, Minn., is the author of “Don’t Call Us Dead” (Graywolf Press, 2017), a finalist for the National Book Award, and winner of the UK’s Forward Poetry Prize; “[insert] Boy” (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Lambda Literary Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award; and the chapbook, “hands on ya knees” (Penmanship Books, 2013).

Smith is the recipient of fellowships from the McKnight Foundation, Cave Canem, Voices of Our Nation (VONA), and is a founding member of the multigenre, multicultural Dark Noise Collective.

The Good Thunder Reading Series, in its 37th year, 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 2018-19 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 Women’s Center, the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment, the Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Endowment, the Robert C. Wright Endowment and individual donors. The Twin Rivers Council of the Arts, First Congregational UCC and Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Minnesota State Mankato offer additional assistance.

For more information contact Candace Black at 507-389-2680 or visit

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with approximately 15,000 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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