As part of FIU's Diversity Day celebration, Jaed Coffin, author of this year's Common Reading selection, A Chant To Soothe Wild Elephants, visited both the Modesto Maidique Campus (MMC) and the Biscayne Bay Campus (BBC) on October 20 and 21 to share his journey as a young man at the crossroads of two different cultures and to sign copies of his book. This event was co-sponsored by Undergraduate Education, Global Learning Initiatives, and Student Government Association.
Coffin also visited Paula Gillespie's tutor training class at MMC Wednesday morning and spoke exclusively to the CEW staff at BBC Thursday afternoon for some informal Q & A.
Jaed Coffin is the author of A Chant To Soothe Wild Elephants, a memoir about the time he spent as a Buddhist monk in his mother's native village of Panomsarakram, Thailand. His next book, Roughhouse Friday, is a novel based on the year he fought as the middleweight champion of an Alaskan barroom boxing circuit. Coffin is the recipient of an Island Institute Resident Fellowship, a Wilson Fellowship from Deerfield Academy, William Sloane Fellowship from Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and a Maine Literary Award in Nonfiction. From Brunswick, Maine, he teaches at University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing.
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