Rutnin is the pen name of Khunying* Chamnongsri Hanchanlash.
On returning to Thailand at eighteen, she became a reporter
with an English language newspaper. Her career in journalism
ended when she married the late ophthalmologist Uthai Rutnin
and helped him establish the Rutnin Eye Hospital in Bangkok
of which she still chairs the board of directors.She has since
lectured at universities, staged public poetry readings, hosted
a radio program and produced video documentaries.
The plight of disadvantaged adolescent girls in Northern
Thailand moved her to set up Harbor House Foundation in Chiengrai
to help those at risk of abuse, drug and prostitution. Deeply
interested in Buddhism, she has spent long periods in forest
Chamnongsri’s publications in both Thai and English include
poetry, biographies, plays, tales, songs, children stories,
articles and critique. Some of her poems and tales have been
translated into Japanese and French as well as put to orchestral
music for public performances and recordings. She has also
translated several poems and short stories by Thai writers
Chamnongsri has four children. She lives in Bangkok with
her second husband, Dr. Jingjai Hanchanlash, a business executive
and international development expert.
- John A. Eakin Foundation Award, 1981, Where Dusk Ends (Play)
- National Book Award for Children’s Literature, 2000, Orange-8-Legs
On the White Empty Page is a collection of poetry
that is received enthusiastically both by Thai and non-Thai
readers whereas Boats in Mid-Ocean is a saga based
on her Chinese originated millionaire family.