Joan Lowery Nixon
|Joan Lowery Nixon|
February 3, 1927|
Los Angeles, California, USA
|Died||June 28, 2003
|Genre||Young Adult Fiction|
Joan Lowery Nixon was born on February 3, 1927 in Los Angeles, California. In 1947, she received a degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California. At USC, she met her husband, Hershell, a United States Navy officer and a geologist. At USC she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. She sold her books at various schools in Los Angeles before becoming a full-time writer. Her son, Joe Nixon, is a Houston lawyer, who was from 1995 to 2007 a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 133 in Houston. Nixon, her husband, and their children lived in Corpus Christi, Texas, before finally settling in the Memorial and Tanglewood area of Houston, Texas. She died in Houston of pancreatic cancer in Houston on June 28, 2003.
Nixon was the only author to win four Edgar Allan Poe Awards from the Mystery Writers of America, and had five additional nominations. She won the California Young Reader Medal of the California Library Association twice. She also won the Western Writers of America's Golden Spur Award twice, and received the Texas Institute of Letters Award. Her book Land of Hope is used in some middle schools.
- Short autobiography at Scholastic Teachers
- Joan Lowery Nixon Collection at University of Minnesota CLRC, with biographical sketch
- Joan Lowery Nixon at Library of Congress Authorities, with 152 catalog records