Nebraska Authors

Chris Harding Thornton

Born 1973 Omaha, NE

Author Chris Harding Thornton is a seventh-generation Nebraskan who has taught courses in writing and literature. She studied with Ted Kooser and Jonis Agee at UNL.

Harding Thornton has worked as a quality assurance overseer at a condom factory, a jar-lid screwer at a plastics plant, a closer at Burger King, a record store clerk, an all-ages club manager, and a PR writer. Her first novel Pickard County Atlas was published in 2021 and listed as a "New and Noteworthy" title by the New York Times.

Places Lived

Omaha, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction




Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Nebraska Omaha Writer's Workshop
Master of Fine Arts, University of Washington
PhD, University of Nebraska Lincoln


Nebraska Writers Guild
Romance Writers of the Heartland


Pickard County Atlas. 2021.

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