ZZ Packer was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and Louisville, Kentucky. She currently lives in Austin, Texas. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Story, Ploughshares, Zoetrope All-Storyand Best American Short Stories 2000, Best American Short Stories 2003 andNPR’s Selected Shorts Series. Her non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Essence, O Magazine and The New York Times Book Review.She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, a Whiting Award, and 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 and was selected for the Today Show Book Club by John Updike. She is currently at work on a novel about the Buffalo Soldiers, entitled The Thousands, an excerpt of which appeared in The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 Fiction Issue under the title Dayward.
ZZ Packer, Fiction Writer