September 13 & 14, 2017
Juan Felipe Herrera is the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States (2015-2016) and is the first Latino to hold the position.
September 14, 2017
Fiction writer Alyssa Striplin is an MFA candidate at Minnesota State University, Mankato, the managing editor for the Blue Earth Review, and the 2017-18 Nadine B. Andreas Graduate Assistant.
October 12, 2017
Marcus Wicker's first collection, Maybe the Saddest Thing, was a National Poetry Series winner. His second book, Silencer, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017.
November 9, 2017
Meg Day is the author of Last Psalm at Sea Level (Barrow Street 2014), winner of the Barrow Street Poetry Prize and the Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Award.
February 21 & 22, 2018
Stephen Graham Jones has published 15 novels and over 170 stories. He's received the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction, the This is Horror “Novel of the Year,” and the Independent Publisher’s Award for Multicultural Fiction.
March 13–16, 2018
Lesley Nneka Arimah is the author of the short story collection What Happens When a Man Falls from the Sky, which was named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by Time Magazine, Elle, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, the Millions, Nylon, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
March 15, 2018
Jessica Guess's stories have been published in Luna Station Quarterly and Mused BellaOnline Literary Review. She is an MFA candidate in the Creative Writing Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato, a composition instructor, and a workshop leader for the Good Thunder Reading Series community outreach program, and the recipient of the 2017 Robert C. Wright award.
April 5, 2018
Poet and creative nonfiction writer Nicole Walker is the author of Egg, Micrograms, Quench Your Thirst with Salt, This Noisy Egg, Sustainability: A Love Story, and Microcosm.
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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