Thursday, April 7, 2022
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Virtual workshop to open the event
Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s fourth and final 2021-2022 event in the University’s annual Good Thunder Reading Series, will feature virtual tours by poets Ross Gay and Anthony Procopio Ross on Thursday, April 7.
All Good Thunder Reading Series events are free and open to the public, and the April 7 event will be held virtually at https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/91232987640 (Meeting ID: 912 3298 7640; word password: Thunder).
Gay, 2022 writer-in-residence Nadine B. Andreas, will open the April 7 virtual activities with a workshop from 10-11 a.m. and be followed by a “Talk on Craft” from 3-4 p.m.
Procopio Ross, this year’s Andreas Fellow, will read excerpts from his work from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
The Good Thunder Reading Series website provided the following short biographies of the two speakers:
Gay is the author of four books of poetry: “Be Holding,” a book-length poem about basketball great Julius Erving, and winner of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award; “Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude,” winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; “Drop the shovel”; and “Against what”. Her collection of essays, “The Book of Delights”, was published by Algonquin Books in 2019. Her many awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a nonprofit free-for-all food justice and joy project, and teaches at Indiana University.
Procopio Ross is an MFA candidate in poetry at Minnesota State Mankato. Procopio Ross spends his time writing, interviewing artists, and creating hand-cut collages for himself and in support of the literary arts, making flyers and covers. His poems have been published in Laurel Review, forthcoming in Bear Review, Thrice Publishing’s 2018 Surrealist Anthology, Levee Magazine, Evocations Review, and Warm Milk Magazine, among others.
Founded in 1981, the Good Thunder Reading Series brings together nationally and internationally acclaimed writers from diverse backgrounds and literary traditions in Mankato, Minnesota, with the goal of promoting access to great literature, inspiring creativity and connection in our communities and foster lively conversations about how writers work and why writing matters.
The Good Thunder Reading series is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
The 2021-22 Good Thunder Reading Series also receives support from the Minnesota State Mankato Department of English, College of Arts and Humanities, Division of Diversity and Inclusion, Women’s Center, Nadine Endowment B. Andreas, of the Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Endowment. , the Robert C. Wright Endowment and individual donors. Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Minnesota State Mankato provides additional assistance.
For more information or to get involved, contact Chris McCormick at 507-389-5500 or visit gt.mnsu.edu.
Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,546 students, is part of the Minnesota State System, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.