Jaed Muncharoen Coffin is the author of A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants (Da Capo/Perseus), a memoir which chronicles his experience as a Buddhist monk in his mother’s native village in Thailand. Jaed has spoken widely at universities and colleges where his book is taught as a common text in multicultural curriculum initiatives. His forthcoming book, Roughhouse Friday (Riverhead/Penguin), is about the year he fought as the middleweight champion of a barroom boxing show in Juneau, Alaska. Recently, Jaed has 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. Jaed currently lives and writes in Portland, Maine, and is on the nonfiction faculty at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA.

For speaking inquiries write to: jaedcoffin@yahoo.com