Chris Harding Thornton



B.F.A. (2005), University of Nebraska at Omaha

M.F.A. (2008), University of Washington

Ph.D. (2013), University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Areas of Specialty

Creative Writing

Literary Theory and Criticism

Great Plains Literature

American Fiction

After graduating from UNO’s Writer’s Workshop, Chris Harding Thornton received an MFA from University of Washington in Seattle and a PhD in English from University of Nebraska—Lincoln. In recent years, she served as a writing consultant to graduate students and faculty at UNO, and at UNL, she has taught first-year and advanced courses in composition, fiction writing, literary theory, Shakespeare, women’s literature in English, and courses in the American short story. Her poetry has appeared in Tampa Review and Baltimore Review, her creative nonfiction (about creative nonfiction) has appeared in Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, and a chapbook of her short stories is forthcoming from record label DoomTown U.S.A. While being a seventh-generation Nebraskan informs much of her work, so do several decades spent working in independent music, and she continues to craft bios and promotional copy for an array of established and emerging recording artists. Her first novel, Pickard County Atlas, was a finalist for the University of Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships, received a Vreeland Award from UNL, and was short-listed for the First Novel Prize 2018. She is currently at work on both a collection of essays combining music and cultural observation and a second novel.