Janovy grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. She initially studied journalism at the University of Nebraska, but left home in her late teens and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in English. In her mid-twenties, Janovy moved to the East Coast and earned a Masters in Creative Writing from Boston University.
In 1990 she settled down in Kansas City, where two publications – The Pitch and The New Times – were engaged in an alternative-press newspaper war. The Pitch ultimately prevailed; meanwhile, Janovy made a brief detour to Denver, where she worked as managing editor for that city’s legendary alt-weekly, Westword. After Westword’s parent company (which would ultimately become Village Voice Media) acquired The Pitch, Janovy returned to Kansas City, where she was editor-in-chief until 2010.
Janovy currently oversees digital content for the city’s NPR affiliate, where she has also reported on arts and culture.
No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas(University Press of Kansas, 2018)