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Pen/Faulkner Finalist ZZ Packer to Give Reading at Ithaca College

 ITHACA, NY — The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series at Ithaca College will host a reading by short-story writer ZZ Packer. Free and open to the public, her presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Clark Lounge, Egbert Hall.

Packer is the author of the short-story collection “Drinking Coffee Elsewhere,” which was named a PEN/Faulkner finalist and a New York Times Notable Book and was personally selected by John Updike for the “Today” Show Book Club. Her stories have appeared in the “New Yorker,” “Harper’s” and “Best American Short Stories,” while her nonfiction has been featured in the “New York Times Magazine,” “Essence” and “O, The Oprah Magazine.” She is a contributor to the “Huffington Post” and has appeared several times as a commentator on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” and MSNBC.

Among other honors, Packer has been listed among “America’s Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences” by “Smithsonian” magazine and the “Best of Young American Novelists” by “Granta” magazine and included in the “20 Under 40” fiction writers issue of the “New Yorker.” She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and served as the Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.

The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by the Department of Writing in the School of Humanities and Sciences. For more information contact Catherine Taylor, assistant professor of writing, at 607-274-7031 or