ZZ Packer is the author of the short story collection, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, a PEN/Faulkner finalist and a New York Times Notable Book. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Story, Ploughshares, Zoetrope and The Best American Short Stories 2000 and 2004 and have been read on NPR’s Selected Shorts. Her nonfiction has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, The American Prospect, Essence, O, The Believer and Salon. She was named one of America’s Young Innovators by Smithsonian Magazine and one of America’s Best Young Novelists by Granta. She is the recent recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.