Good Thunder Reading Series September 16, 2021



Thursday, September 16, 2021
10:00 am – 11:00 am
First event

Photo by Jaquira Díaz at right, courtesy Maria Esquinca.

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Mankato, Minnesota –
Minnesota State University, Mankatos Good Thunder Reading Series 2021-2022 will host four guest authors this year, with fall events scheduled for September 16 and November 11 and spring events scheduled for February 3 and April 7.

All events are free and public.

This year’s Good Thunder Reading Series begins with a visit from an author Jaquira Diaz on Thursday, September 16. Books will be available for purchase while visiting Díaz.

Schedule for September 16th:

  • 10-11 a.m. – Workshop at Emy Frentz Art Guild, 423 p. 2nd, Mankato
  • 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. – “Talk on Craft”, Centennial Student Union, room 245
  • 7.30pm-8.30pm – Diaz reads from her work, Centennial Student Union, room 245

Jaquira Díaz was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in Miami. She is the author of Ordinary Girls: A Memoir, winner of a Whiting Award, Florida Book Awards gold medal, and a finalist in the Lambda Literary Awards. Ordinary Girls was an Indies Introduce Selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Notable Selection, an Indie Next Pick, and a Library Reads Pick. Díaz’s work has been published in The Guardian, Time Magazine, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and The Best American Essays 2016, among others. She has received two Pushcart awards, a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, and grants from the MacDowell Colony, Kenyon Review, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing.

Founded in 1981, the Good Thunder Reading Series brings nationally and internationally recognized writers from diverse backgrounds and literary traditions to Mankato, Minnesota with the aim of promoting access to great literature, inspiring creativity and connections in our communities, and lively conversations about it to encourage writers to work and why writing is important.

The Good Thunder Reading Series is made possible by Minnesota voters through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to legislative grant from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The Good Thunder Reading Series 2021-22 is also supported by the Minnesota State Mankato Department of English, College of Arts and Humanities, Division of Diversity and Inclusion, the Women’s Center, the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment, the Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Endowment who have favourited Robert C. Wright Foundation and individual donors. Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Minnesota State Mankato offers additional assistance.

For more information or to get involved, contact Chris McCormick at 507-389-5500 or visit

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,604 students, is part of the Minnesota State System, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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