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Ira Sukrungruang

Writer and poet Ira Sukrungruang will visit Flagler College to give a reading of his work on Sept. 26.


Sept. 3, 2013

Ira Sukrungruang is a busy man. The writer and poet teaches at not one but two MFA programs: he is on the full-time faculty in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida and also teaches in the low-residency MFA program at City University in Hong Kong. He is also one of the founding editors of the journal “Sweet: A Literary Confection.”

And on Thursday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m., Sukrungruang will visit Flagler College to give a reading of his work and to talk with students interested in careers in writing and publishing.

A funny, unassuming, and wickedly smart writer, Sukrungruang is accomplished in more than one genre. His latest book is a collection of poetry, “In Thailand It Is Night.” His 2010 memoir “Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy” has been hailed as a lively, entertaining and often hilarious memoir of life as a first-generation Thai-American.

Sukrungruang, who by his own admission spent most of his childhood eating at McDonalds, playing Nintendo, watching kung fu movies, and writing horrendous unrequited love stories, is a native of a small suburb of Chicago.

In addition to publishing two books, he is the coeditor of two anthologies on the topic of obesity: “What Are You Looking At? The First Fat Fiction Anthology” and “Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology.” He is the recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature, an Arts and Letters Fellowship, and the Emerging Writer Fellowship. His work has appeared in many literary journals, including “Post Road,” “The Sun,” and “Creative Nonfiction.”

The reading and discussion will be held in the Gamache-Koger Theater at the Ringhaver Student Center at 50 Sevilla Street. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodations, please contact Lynn Francisco at 904-819-6460. Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request with a minimum of three days’ notice. Call (904) 819-6339 or visit for more information.