Jaed Coffin is the author of A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants, a memoir about the summer he spent as a monk in his mother’s native Thailand, and the forthcoming Roughhouse Friday, which chronicles the year he won the middleweight title of a barroom boxing show in Alaska. Recently, Jaed has served as the William Sloane Fellow at Bread Loaf Writers Conference, a Resident Fellow at the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska, and the Wilson Fellow writer in residence at Deerfield Academy. Jaed has lectured widely at colleges, universities, and secondary schools across the country on topics of diversity, creativity, and identity.
A regular contributor to Maine magazine, he also serves as the president of the board for the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Jaed teaches nonfiction at the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine, and he also teaches regularly at Bowdoin College and in the University of Maine system. He currently lives in his hometown of Brunswick, Maine, with his wife and daughter.