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Ira Sukrungruang

Ira Sukrungruang writes short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. His most recent book is the essay collection Buddha’s Dog & Other Meditations. He teaches writing at Kenyon College.

— From March 2021
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories


They take turns at the feeders, but if one lingers too long, the others — usually males — will jabber insults until the offender leaves. I have a secret nickname for the house sparrows: Little A-holes.

March 2021
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Maintenance Boy

I worked weekend nights and a couple of afternoon shifts during the week. Sometimes I requested more hours just to get away from home. Being away meant I didn’t have to deal with the sadness that lingered in our house.

September 2018
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