ZZ Packer, fiction writer, Thursday, February 7, 2012, Robinson Room, Miller Library, 7:00 pm.
ZZ Packer was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and Louisville, Kentucky. She currently lives in Austin, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree from Yale, and afterward received degrees from Johns Hopkins, Stanford, and the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.
Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Story, Ploughshares, Zoetrope All-Story and Best American Short Stories 2000, Best American Short Stories 2003 and NPR’s Selected Shorts Series. Her non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Essence, O Magazine, Glamour, The American Prospect, The Oxford American, The Guardian, The New York Times Book Review and The New Yorker Online.
She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, a Whiting Award, and, most recently, a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her book Drinking Coffee Elsewhere won the Commonwealth First Fiction Award, and an ALEX Award. It became a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2004, and was selected for the Today Show Book Club by John Updike. She is editor of New Short Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, 2008. She was most recently a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, and is at work on a novel about the Reconstruction and Buffalo Soldiers entitled The Thousands, an excerpt of which appeared in The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 Fiction Issue under the titleDayward.
As a professor of Creative Writing, she has taught the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Johns Hopkins University, Tulane University, Vassar College, San Jose State University, The Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University at San Marcos, and Stanford University.