Nebraska Authors

Genevieve Smith Whitford

Born 1915-02-21 St. Paul, MN (USA)

Died 2011-07-27
Pasadena, CA (USA)

Whitford was educated in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her father, Howard Smith, was head of the Animal Husbandry Department at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Whitford began publishing poetry in her retirement years. According to her obituary, "she loved making connections through her poetry with others -- especially mothers of all ages -- and was still giving public readings in her nineties." She is the mother of well-known actor Bradley Whitford.


Places Lived

Minneapolis, MN
Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Poetry




Attended Elementary and High School in Lincoln, NE
Undergraduate Studies, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Degree in Philosophy from Northwestern University, IL


Humor Editor of the Purple Parrot at Northwestern University


Her father, Howard Smith, was the head of UNL's Animal Husbandry Department


The Sound of the Harp. 1989.
Queen Anne's Lace. 1990.

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