Preview: Good Thunder Reading Series

Authors Lesley Nneka Arimah and Jessica Guess speaking this week

Minnesota State University Mankato will be hosting author Lesley Nneka Arimah and fiction and creative nonfiction writer Jessica Guess from Tuesday, March 13 through Thusday, March 16 as part of the Good Thunder Reading Series.

Not all events will be happening on campus, as some are at different locations across Mankato.
Arimah was this year’s Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer, amd will hold a workshop daily Tuesday-Friday, March 13 to 16 from 10-11 a.m. at the Emy Frentz Gallery, located at 523 S. 2nd St. in Mankato.

On Wednesday, March 14 from 7:30-8:30 pm, Arimah and Guess will both do some reading from their material in the Centennial Student Union, Room 253.

On Thursday, March 15, there will be a Craft Talk from Arimah from 3-4 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ (150 Stadium Court in Mankato).

Arimah is originally from the United Kingdom but currently is residing in Minneapolis. She is the author of the short story collection, “What It Means When a Man Falls from The Sky,” and a forthcoming novel. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers, GRANTA and elsewhere.

Arimah is the recipient of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, an O’Henry Award, and support from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Jerome Foundation and other organizations.

Her stories have been shortlisted for the Caine Prize, a finalist for the National Magazine Award, and included in “The Best American Non-required Reading,” and O’Henry Prize anthologies.

Guess is from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She is an MFA candidate in Minnesota State Mankato’s Creative Writing Program, a composition instructor and a workshop leader for the Good Thunder Reading Series outreach program.

Her work has been featured in Luna Station Quarterly and Mused BellaOnline Literary Review. In 2017, Guess attended the Voices of Our Nation workshop, where she studied with writer Marjorie Liu. She is the recipient of the 2017 Robert C. Wright Award.

As always, all Good Thunder Reading Series events are free and open to the public.

For more information please visit the Good Thunder Readin Series website at http://gt.mnsu.edu.

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