Zuwena “ZZ” Packer grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and Louisville, Kentucky. Recognized as a talented writer at an early age, her first significant publication was in Seventeen magazine at the age of 19.
Packer attended Yale University, where she received a B.A in 1994. Her graduate work included an M.A. at Johns Hopkins University in 1995 and an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1999. She was named a Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.
Shortly thereafter, she entered the
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