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SCW 17 Faculty Reading: Julia Kasdorf and Ira Sukrungruang
July 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ESTHER BARAZZONE CENTER, Eden Hall
Julia Spicher Kasdorf has published three collections in the Pitt Poetry Series, most recently, Poetry in America. She has also published a collection of essays, The Body and the Book: Writing from a Mennonite Life, a biography, Joseph W. Yoder, Amish American, and she has served as co-editor of Broken Land: Poems of Brooklyn. A professor of English and women’s studies at Penn State, she is currently working on a documentary poetry project about the impacts of shale gas drilling in northern and southwestern Pennsylvania.
Ira Sukrungruang is the author of the memoirs Southside Buddhist and Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy, the short story collection The Melting Season, and the poetry collection In Thailand It Is Night. 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 2015 American Book Award, 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. He is one of the founding editors of Sweet: A Literary Confection, and teaches in the MFA program at University of South Florida.