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Packer Packs a Punch into Short-Stories at Eastern

  zz packer.JPGWritten by Allison Kelly

Willimantic, Conn. -Acclaimed African American author Z.Z. Packer will read selections from her short-story collection "Drinking Coffee Elsewhere," as well as from her new work, at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 in the Student Center Theater located in the Student Center at Eastern Connecticut State University. As part of Eastern's University Hour, Packer will also present a second reading at 3 p.m. on Feb. 25 in Webb Hall Room 110. Following the reading, Packer will answer audience questions regarding her life as a writer and the craft of writing fiction.

            "Drinking Coffee Elsewhere" is filled with an array of highly developed, relatable characters including African American church ladies, white intellectuals, inner-city dwellers, and an odd group of expatriated internationals stuck in Japan.

            Packer's work has appeared in Seventeen Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, The Best American Short Stories (2000), and the literary journal Ploughshares.


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