Bachelor of Education, Emory University, 1960. Master of Education, Emory University, 1970.
Teacher Westminster Schools, Atlanta, 1961—1987. Founder, director Children's Literature for Children, 1986—2002, Reader-to-Reader, Atlanta, 1986—2002. Co-founder, co-director Reader-to-Patient, 1990—2000.
Co-founder Biblioteca Juvenil de Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, 1991—2001. Director Reader-to-Reader: Africa, since 1990. Co-director Adamsville Elementary School, Atlanta, since 2008.
Board directors United States Board Books Young People, Wilmington, Delaware, 1996—1998, Children's Literature Children, Atlanta, since 1996, Mount Kenya Academy, Nyeri, Kenya, since 2002. Member of American Library Association (Newbery committee 1994, Notable Books committee 1998-1999, Newbery committee 2002, Caldecott committee 2006), International Reading Association.
Married John Arthur Nix, July 22, 1961. Children: Mary Evelyn Nix Hollowell, John Arthur Junior.