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Winona State University will host a poetry reading with author Matt Rasmussen at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the Krueger Library Athenaeum as part of the Great River Reading Series.

The reading will be from Rasmussen’s book, Black Aperture, a series of poems about his brother’s suicide.

Rasmussen will also visit Professor James Armstrong’s class from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Oct. 21 in Minné 109. Both events are free and open to the public.

Rasmussen is a 2014 Pushcart Prize winner, former Peace Corps volunteer and teaches at Gustavus Adolphus College. His book, Black Aperture, is winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets and finalist for the 2013 National Book Award. Rasmussen’s poetry has been published in publications such as Gulf Coast, Cimarron Review, New York Quarterly and He has received awards, grants and residencies from The Bush Foundation, The McKnight Foundation and Intermedia Arts, among others.

Following Rasmussen’s reading, Winona State University Counseling Services will host Sally Spencer, Executive Director of the Carson J Spencer Foundation, to talk about suicide prevention. More information on Spencer’s presentation can be found on the Winona State News website.

For more information contact James Armstrong at





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