Writer; university professor. Born– May 2, 1925, Washington, D.C. Parents– Rep. George and Bertha (Baxley) Huddleston. Married– Herbert L. Packer, March 15, 1958. Children– Two. Education– Birmingham-Southern College, A.B., 1945; University of Chicago, M.A., 1947; Stanford University, 1959-1960. Employed as a staff writer by the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, 1952-1954. Taught at Stanford University, 1968-1993; Director of the Creative Writing Program at Stanford, 1988-1993.  Published short stories in various periodicals and anthologies. Member of the American Association of University Professors.  Received the Dinkelspiel Award and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at Stanford.  Received the Richard W. Lyman Award for faculty volunteer service in 2000. Awarded Professor Emeritus status at Stanford, 1993.


Contemporary Authors online.


In My Father’s House; Tales of an Unconformable Man. Santa Barbara, Calif.; J. Daniel, 1988.

Jealous-Hearted Me and Other Stories.  Daniel, 1997.

Old Ladies; Stories.  Daniel, 2012.

Small Moments and Other Stories. Urbana, Ill.; University of Illinois Press, 1976.

The Women Who Walk. Baton Rouge, La.; Louisiana State University Press, 1989.


The Short Story; an Introduction. New York; McGraw-Hill, 1976.

Writing Worth Reading; a Practical Guide. New York; St. Martin’s, 1986.

Writing Worth Reading; The Critical Response.  Boston; Bedford, 1997.