Stephanie Elsky

Stephanie Elsky received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and joined the Rhodes faculty in Fall 2017. Her research and teaching focuses on the poetry, prose, and drama of the English Renaissance (c.1500-1700). She is particularly interested in law and literature; the history of political thought; gender and women’s writing; the origins of colonialism; the reception of the classical past; and the history of the material text. 

Chanelle Benz

Chanelle Benz is the author of The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead (Ecco Press 2017). Her stories have appeared in Guernica, Granta.com, Electric Literature's Recommended Reading, The American Reader, Fence, and The O. Henry Prize Stories 2014. She taught most recently at the University of Houston and Colorado College where she was a Visiting Writer. 

The Jack D. Farris Visiting Writers Series Presents ZZ Packer

ZZ Packer was born in Chicago, and grew up in Atlanta and Louisville. She first published in Seventeen when she was 19 years old. Packer attended Yale University and went on to study at Johns Hopkins University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop of the University of Iowa. She was then named a Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford University. Her short story collection, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, was published in 2003. The book was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, a New York Times Notable Book, and selected by John Updike for the Today Show Book Club. 


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