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Ira  Sukrungruang

Ira Sukrungruang

Ira Sukrungruang
Associate Professor
On Leave Fall 2014


Office: CPR 332
Phone: 813/974-9527



Ira Sukrungruang is a Chicago born Thai-American. He is the author of the memoirs Southside Buddhist, which won the 2015 American Book Award and a Bronze Medal in the Florida Book Awards, Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy, the poetry collection In Thailand It Is Night, and the forthcoming short story collection, The Melting Season. He co-edited What Are You Looking At: The First Fat Fiction Anthology and Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology

Ira has published his essays, poems, and short stories in many literary journals and anthologies, including Creative Nonfiction, the Sun, the Bellingham ReviewNorth American ReviewCrab Orchard ReviewPost Road, and Brevity. He has received the New York Foundation for the Arts Nonfiction Fellowship, The Just Desserts Fiction Prize, and an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, and received support from the Blue Mountain Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Ragdale.

Currently, he is working on several projects: a memoir about his time as Thai entitled Monk for a Month; a memoir about his love for dogs entitled Buddha’s Dog; and a collection of poetry entitled The Green We Speak.

Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
82977CRW 4930001Creative Non-Fiction


EDU 161

89130CRW 6025001Spec. Topics Creative Writing
Craft of Nonfiction *Restricted to MFA students


CPR 343

83831ENG 6916002Directed Research

TBA 100

81703ENG 6971001Thesis: Master's
Inst/Grad Director Approval S/U Only

TBA 100