Nebraska Authors

Janice Harrington

Born 1956 Vernon, AL (USA)

Harrington received the 2005 Nebraska Book Award for her children's book, Going North, which drew on her experiences as African-American child moving to Lincoln, NE from Alabama in the 1960s. That book also won the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award in 2005, and the author has won numerous other awards, listed below. Author presented readings at local schools and at Eiseley Branch Library in 2004.

Places Lived

Vernon, AL
Lincoln, NE
Omaha, NE
Champaign, IL

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry


Childrens Literature; Story Teller; Autobiography; Memoir; Non-Fiction; Poetry


B.S. in Education, 1978, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.A. Library Science, 1981, University of Iowa



Places Worked

Public School teacher, Omaha Public Schools, 1979-1980
Librarian and Head of Youth Services at Champaign, IL Public Library


Nebraska 150 Books honor for Going North, 2017
2005 Nebraska Book Award for her children's book, Going North
Ezra Jack Keats Book Award, New York Public Library and Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, 2005, for Going North
A. Poulin, Jr., Poetry Prize, BOA Editions Ltd., 2006 for From the Shadows of Darkness, published as Even the Hollow My Body Made is Gone
Jaffe Award ($25,000) to emerging women authors, 2009
A.Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award for The Hands of Strangers: Poems from the Nursing Home, 2011


Attended St. Mary's and Sacred Heart Catholic Schools in Lincoln


Going North. 2005.
The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County. 2007.
Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone. 2007.
Roberto Walks Home. 2008.
The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County. 2008.
The Hands of Strangers : Poems from the Nursing Home. 2011.
Busy Little Chick. 2013.
Catching a Storyfish. 2016.
Primitive : The Art and Life of Horace H. Pippin : Poems. 2016.

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