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Melissa Febos Reading with Andreas Winner Nathan Larson

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Good Thunder Readings are a meaningful way to engage with the writer, the work, and other audience members. Just as going to a concert is a richer experience than listening to the radio, and seeing a film at a theater has more impact than viewing it on a laptop, hearing work read by its author deepens understanding. Hearing it in a roomful of other listeners transforms a solitary experience into a communal one.

Join us on April 4 to hear award-winning author Melissa Febos read from their work, with the opportunity to purchase books (or bring your own!) and have them signed by the author.

This reading will be joined with the Andreas Winner Nathan Larson, who will start the reading with 15-20 minutes of their own work before introducing Melissa Febos.

This event will be accessible virtually as well via the link below:
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Meeting ID: 912 2962 6609
Passcode: reading

This event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

Melissa Febos is the author of four books, including the nationally bestselling essay collection, GIRLHOOD, which was a LAMBDA Literary Award finalist, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, and named a notable book of 2021 by NPR, Time, The Washington Post, and others. Her craft book, BODY WORK (2022), was also a national bestseller, an LA Times Bestseller, and an Indie Next Pick. Her fifth book, The Dry Season, is forthcoming from Alfred. A. Knopf.

The recipient of a 2022 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a 2022 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, and the Jeanne Córdova Nonfiction Award from LAMBDA Literary, Melissa’s work has appeared in publications including The Paris Review, The Sun, The Kenyon Review, Tin House, Granta, The Believer, McSweeney’s, The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Elle, and Vogue.

Her essays have won prizes from Prairie Schooner, Story Quarterly, The Sewanee Review, and The Center for Women Writers at Salem College. She is a four-time MacDowell fellow and has also received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Barbara Deming Memorial Foundation, The BAU Institute at The Camargo Foundation, The British Library, The Black Mountain Institute, The Ragdale Foundation, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, which named her the 2018 recipient of the Sarah Verdone Writing Award.

She co-curated the Mixer Reading and Music Series in Manhattan for ten years and served on the Board of Directors for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts for five. The recipient of an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, she is a full professor at the University of Iowa, where she teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program. She lives in Iowa City with her wife, the poet Donika Kelly.


April 4
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm


Ostrander Auditorium
632 South Road West
Mankato, 56001 United States
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