September 13, 2018
Poet Ladan Osman was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, and grew up in Columbus, Ohio. She earned a BA from Otterbein University and a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at Austin’s Michener Center for Writers. She has received fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center, and the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation. The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony won the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets and was published by the University of Nebraska Press.
October 11, 2018
A native of Mississippi, Nick White is the author of How to Survive a Summer (Blue Rider/Penguin, 2017) and a short story collection, Sweet & Low (Blue Rider Press, 2018). He is an Assistant Professor of English at The Ohio State University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing. His short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in a variety of places, including The Kenyon Review, Guernica, The Hopkins Review, Indiana Review, The Library Review, Lib Hub, and elsewhere.
November 8, 2018
Danez Smith is a Black, queer, poz writer, teacher, and performer from St. Paul, MN. Danez is the author of Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017), a finalist for National Book Award, and [insert] boy (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. They are the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and is a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow as well as the winner of the inaugural Four Quartets Prize from the Poetry Society of America. Smith’s work has been featured widely, including in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Buzzfeed, Best American Poetry, PBS NewsHour, and on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
February 7, 2019
Sequoia Nagamatsu is the author of the short story collection, Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone (Black Lawrence Press), silver medal winner of the 2016 Foreword Reviews’ Indies Book of the Year Award. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Conjunctions, ZYZZYVA, Tin House online, Black Warrior Review, Willow Springs, The Bellevue Literary Review, and One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories, among others. He co-edits Psychopomp Magazine, an online quarterly dedicated to innovative prose, and teaches at St. Olaf College and the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing.
February 7, 2019
Jordan Deveraux was born and raised in Bountiful, Utah. He has been a poetry editor, operations editor, and managing editor at Blue Earth Review, Minnesota State University’s literary journal. In addition to reading and writing poems, he likes to listen to music in the car, and ride skateboards down hills that are only slightly more steep than flat.
March 12-15, 2019
Layli Long Soldier holds a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA from Bard College. She has served as a contributing editor of Drunken Boat. She is the recipient of the 2015 NACF National Artist Fellowship and a 2015 Lannan Literary Fellowship. Her work of poetry, WHEREAS (Graywolf Press, 2017) 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, Arizona, where she is an English faculty member at Diné College.
April 10-11, 2019
Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the novels The Book of Joan (Harper, 2017), The Small Backs of Children (Harper, 2016) (winner of the 2016 Oregon Book Award's Ken Kesey Award for Fiction as well as the Reader's Choice Award), Dora: A Headcase (Hawthorne, 2012), and a critical book on war and narrative, Allegories Of Violence (Routledge). Her memoir The Chronology of Water (Hawthorne, 2011) was a finalist for a PEN Center USA award for creative nonfiction and winner of a PNBA Award and the Oregon Book Award Reader's Choice. The Misfit's Manifesto (Simon & Schuster, 2017), is based on her TED Talk. She founded the workshop series Corporeal Writing in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches both in person and online. She received her PhD in Literature from the University of Oregon. She is a very good swimmer.
April 11, 2019
Lorna Pecard is a poet and MFA candidate at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she teaches Intro to Creative Writing and serves as a managing editor for the Blue Earth Review. She is a co-host for KMSU’s Weekly Reader, an author interview program, and a workshop facilitator for Aktion Club Theatre, a social justice theatre group for people of all ages and abilities. Pecard has also been a teaching artist at The Loft Literary Center and is the recipient of the 2018-19 Nadine B. Andreas Graduate Assistantship.
The Good Thunder Reading Series’ mission is to promote literature, inspire creativity, and foster lively conversations about why writing matters. We bring acclaimed writers from diverse backgrounds and literary traditions to Mankato, Minnesota. During their visit, each leads a morning workshop, presents an afternoon talk, and gives an evening reading followed by a book signing.
All of our events are free and open to the public.
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