Lidia Yuknavitch

Wednesday, April 6


Thursday, April 7

10–11 am
Emy Frentz Gallery | 523 S 2nd St., Mankato

Craft Talk
First Congregational UCC | 150 Stadium Ct., Mankato

7:30–8:30 pm
Room 245, Centennial Student Union
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Books will be available for purchase.

Lydia Yuknavitch is the author of national bestselling novels The Book of Joan and The Small Backs of Children, winner of the 2016 Oregon Book Award’s Ken Kesey Award for Fiction as well as the Reader’s Choice Award, the novel Dora: A Headcase, and a critical book on war and narrative, Allegories Of Violence. Her widely acclaimed memoir The Chronology of Water 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. A book based on her recent TED Talk, The Misfit’s Manifesto, was released in October 2017. She has also had writing appear in publications including Guernica Magazine, Ms., The Iowa Review, Zyzzyva, Another Chicago Magazine, The Sun, Exquisite Corpse, TANK, and in the anthologies Life As We Show It (City Lights), Wreckage of Reason (Spuytin Duyvil), Forms at War (FC2), Feminaissance (Les Figues Press), and Representing Bisexualities (SUNY), as well as online at The Rumpus. She founded the workshop series Corporeal Writing in Portland Oregon, where she teaches both in person and online. She received her doctorate in Literature from the University of Oregon. She lives in Oregon with her husband Andy Mingo and their renaissance man son, Miles. She is a very good swimmer.

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. Lorna 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. She has also been a teaching artist at The Loft Literary Center and is the recipient of the 2018-19 Nadine B. Andreas Graduate Assistantship.