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Overview

  • Jaed Coffin is an assistant professor of creative writing (nonfiction/fiction) in the English department and M.F.A. program. Coffin joined the UNH faculty as a lecturer, in fall 2014. He earned his B.A. in philosophy from Middlebury College and his M.F.A. in fiction from the Stonecoast M.F.A. at University of Southern Maine. His first book, A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants (Da Capo/Perseus 2008), chronicles the summer he spent as a Buddhist monk in his mother's village in central Thailand. His forthcoming book, Roughhouse Friday (from Riverhead/Penguin), is about the year he won the middleweight title of a barroom boxing show in Juneau, Alaska. Coffin has lectured widely at over twenty colleges and universities, where he speaks on topics of multiculturalism, masculinity, and the environment. Prior to coming to UNH, Coffin served as a lecturer at Bowdoin College and as the artist in residence at the Telling Room, a nonprofit storytelling foundation that empowers refugee communities in Maine. He has published over forty articles and essays in a broad range of journals and magazines, and has also served as the Wilson Fellow in Creative Writing at Deerfield Academy, a Resident Fellow at the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska, and the William Sloane Fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. In 2015, he was a featured storyteller on the MOTH Radio Hour.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2018 "Painting the Town"Down East Magazine2018
    2017 "Forging Ahead"Down East Magazine2017
    2017 "The Hundred Thousand Foot Club"Down East Magazine2017
    2017 "Mystery of Maine Mystery Writers"Down East Magazine2017
    2017 "Bird Man"Down East Magazine2017
    2017 "Show Time"Down East Magazine2017
    2016 "Where's Wessie?"Down East Magazine2016

    Book

    Year Title
    2019 Roughhouse Friday 2019
    2008 A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants 2008

    Teaching Activities

  • Advanced Nonfiction Writing Taught course 2019
  • Creative Nonfiction Taught course 2019
  • Intro to Fiction Writing Taught course 2018
  • Nonfiction Book Writing Taught course 2018
  • Creative Nonfiction Taught course 2018
  • Topic/Food Writing Taught course 2018
  • Advanced Nonfiction Writing Taught course 2017
  • Creative Nonfiction Taught course 2017
  • Advanced Nonfiction Writing Taught course 2017
  • Intermediate Fiction Workshop Taught course 2017
  • Creative Nonfiction Taught course 2016
  • Nonfiction Book Writing Taught course 2016
  • Intermediate Fiction Workshop Taught course 2016
  • Nonfiction: Form and Technique Taught course 2016
  • Advanced Nonfiction Writing Taught course 2015
  • Creative Nonfiction Taught course 2015
  • Intermediate Fiction Workshop Taught course 2015
  • Intermediate Fiction Workshop Taught course 2015
  • Intro to Creative Nonfiction Taught course 2015
  • Advanced Nonfiction Writing Taught course 2014
  • Intermediate Fiction Workshop Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

    Full Name

  • Jaed Coffin