Good Thunder Presents “Waiting”: October 17, 2015

“Good Thunder Presents:  Waiting” is Saturday, October 17 at the Arts Center of St. Peter (315 South Minnesota Avenue). Doors open at 7:00 pm for a pre-show reception and cash bar. The show starts at 7:30.

Music will be provided by Lightning Betty and the Joyful Fables, and includes selections from Guns N Roses, Richard Marx, the Rolling Stones, and Mr. Big. This event is free and open to the public.

James Figy will read his essay “Godzilla or Godot”:

There are two types of waiting: waiting because you must and waiting because you can.  The first means you can’t do anything.  The second means you don’t want to.  I don’t want to tell my ex-girlfriend that I’m dating her best friend but she finds out anyway.”

Emily Johnson will read “What Kills”:

An old Remington or Colt, retrieved from the top shelf of my father’s closet and coated in dust…We look at it; he looks at it.  The raccoon has rabies and is going to die.

Tyler Barton will read “Big Data on the Band”:

Times the cop referred to Ding-Dong-Ditch as ‘soft-core terrorism’:  9
Total convictions: 17 (6 Summary, Trespassing; 11 Misdemeanors, Theft)
Restitution for stolen road signs: $650
Physical fights between band members: Nil
Verbal fights between band members: Hundreds

James Figy is a writer from Indianapolis and MFA candidate at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He has two cats, two rabbits, and an amateurish collection of Duke Ellington LPs. His creative work has appeared in Flying Island, Punchnel’s, and Etchings.

Emily Johnson is a first year student in the MFA Creative Nonfiction program at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and she works at the CAS on campus.  She received a BS in English from University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where she worked as an editor of their literary magazine and a tutor in the Writing Center.  In her spare time, she reads (of course); plays fetch with her cat, Calcifer (who doesn’t always remember the rules of that game); and attempts to learn the art of juggling (progress thus far includes throwing a ball from one hand to another without dropping it).

Tyler Barton is the fiction editor of Third Point Press, an MFA candidate at Minnesota State University Mankato, and the author of stories published in Matter Press, Knee-Jerk Magazine, WhiskeyPaper and others. He can be found on twitter @goftyler, and links to many of his published stories are at