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March 12-15: Good Thunder Reading Series

Poet Layli Long Soldier is sixth writer who will be on campus in this year's series.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Good Thunder Reading Series News Release, 2-28-2019

Mankato, Minn. - Minnesota State University, Mankato will host poet Layli Long Soldier (pictured) from March 12-15 as the sixth writer who will be on campus for this year’s Good Thunder Reading Series.

Long Soldier, this year’s Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer, will hold a workshop daily Tuesday-Friday, March 12-15 from 10-11 a.m. at the Emy Frentz Gallery, located at 523 S. 2nd St. in Mankato.

On Tuesday, March 12, from 7:30-8:30 pm Long Soldier will give an evening talk—“Writing ‘38’: Craft Intentions and Considerations”—that will focus on a poem about the 38 Dakota Sioux hung in Mankato in 1862. This will be in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

On Thursday, March 14, Long Soldier 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). Long Soldier will read from her work from 7:30-8:30 p.m. March 14 in the University’s Centennial Student Union, Room 245.

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

Long Soldier holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Institute of American Indian Arts and a master of fine arts degree from Bard College. She has served as a contributing editor of Drunken Boat, an electronic journal of the arts. She is the recipient of the 2015 NACF National Artist Fellowship and a 2015 Lannan Literary Fellowship. Her book of poetry, WHEREAS (Graywolf Press, 2107), won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry. Long Soldier resides in Tsaile, Ariz., where she is an English faculty member at Diné College.

The voters of Minnesota make the Good Thunder Reading Series possible 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 14,227 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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