Nancy Packer is professor emerita of English at Stanford University, where she taught in the Creative Writing Program. Her short stories have appeared in such journals as Harper's, Yale Review and Sewanee Review and been included in several "O. Henry Prize Stories" collections and "The Best American Short Stories." Sixty of her stories have been collected and published in five volumes; "Old Ladies" is her most recent collection.
A well-known, local fiction-writing teacher and coach, memoirist, co-author and developmental editor, Tom Parker is an O. Henry Prize-winning short-story writer and author of the novels "Anna, Ann, Annie" and "Small Business." His work has appeared in Harper's and has been reviewed in The New Yorker. He has taught at Stanford, the University of California, Berkeley, and Foothill and Ca
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