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. 

Past News and Events

The Rhodes College Department of English co-sponsored “An Evening with Claudia Rankine” on Monday, September 25th, 2017.  Professor Rankine read from her most recent book, 2014’s bestselling Citizen: An American Lyric, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, the NAACP Image Award, and numerous other prizes. An opening reception was held in the lobby of McNeill Concert Hall, with books available to purchase.


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