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"Roughhouse Friday" with Jaed Coffin

  • 10/28/2013 | 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Location: Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room
  • Event Type: Reading

"Roughhouse Friday" with Jaed CoffinJaed Muncharoen Coffin will read from Roughhouse Friday, his forthcoming book about the year he fought as the middleweight champion of a barroom boxing show in Juneau, Alaska. He is also the author of A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants (Da Capo/Perseus 2008), a memoir chronicling his experience as a Buddhist monk in his mother's native village in Thailand.

Coffin is a contributing editor at Maine Magazine, and his work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including Nautilus, Jezebel, The Shambhala Sun, The Sun, Post Road, and Down East.  He has been an adjunct instructor at the University of Maine Farmington and the Salt Institute, as well as at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Champlain College Young Writers Conference, the Telling Room, and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, among others.

He served as the 2009 William Sloane Fellow at Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the 2009-10 Wilson Fellow in Creative Writing at Deerfield Academy, and the 2008 Resident Fellow at the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska.

Coffin is currently on the nonfiction faculty at the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA and is a Bowdoin College adjunct lecturer in English for the Fall 2013 semester.