Two book authors, one reading

Poet Katherine Riegel, author of “What the Mouth Was Made For,” and creative nonfiction writer Ira Sukrungruang, author of “Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy,” will read their work at the Regional Arts Commission as part of the GWA Reading Series hosted by UMSL MFA students. 

The Graduate Writers Association at the University of Missouri­­–St. Louis is hosting the literary version of a double feature. Katherine Riegel and Ira Sukrungruang will provide the St. Louis literary community with back-to-back readings of poetry and creative nonfiction. The double reading is the big event for GWA’s Reading Series this spring.

The event will start at 7 p.m. March 15 at The St. Louis Regional Arts Commission, Conference Room C, 6128 Delmar Blvd 63112.

The double reading is free and open to the public. It will feature free food and drinks. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Katherine Riegel published her second book of poetry “What the Mouth Was Made For” this March. Her first book “Castaway” came out in 2010. Riegel‘s work has appeared in journals including Brevity, Crazyhourse and Fourth Genre. She is poetry editor for “Sweet: A Literary Confection” and teaches at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Ira Sukrungruang is the author of the memoir “Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy” and the co-editor of two anthologies about obesity titled “What Are You Looking At? The First Fat Fiction Anthology” and “Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology.” Sukrungruang’s poetry collection, “In Thailand It Is Night,” was awarded the Anita Claire Scharf Award and is forthcoming from University of Tampa Press. His work has appeared in numerous 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 the University of South Florida in Tampa and the low-residency MFA program at City University in Hong Kong.

The Graduate Writers Association is a student organization composed of student writers in the Creative Writing MFA at UMSL. It serves as an opportunity for the students to network with emerging and established writers, as well as gain insight into the process of running a reading series.


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