Nebraska Authors

Lisa Knopp

Born 1956 Burlington, IA (USA)

Knopp has received stellar critical reviews for her book length personal explorations of landscape, nature and ecology. She is establishing her own genre of deeply experienced environmental history. She calls herself an essayist or writer of creative non-fiction. Her books are often related collections of essays and she has published many other essays in literary quarterlies.
Knopp has a personal website.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Omaha, NE
Iowa
Illlinois

Author Of

  • Nonfiction

Keywords

Essays; Nature Writing; Nebraska topics; Environmental history; Memoirs; Eating Disorders

Education

Bachelor of Arts in English and Educationk, Iowa Wesleyan College
Master of Arts in Composition and Rhetoric, Western Illinois University
Ph.D. in English, 1995, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Occupation

Teacher
English Instructor

Places Worked

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Goucher College, Baltimore, Maryland
University of Nebraska-Omaha
Omaha Westside High School

Honors

John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 15 January 2004, 19 April 2007 and 20 October 2013
Nebraska 150 Books honor for The Nature of Home, 2017
Six Notable Essays citations in Best American Essays, 1991, 1994, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2010
Frank Vogel Scholarship at Breadloaf, 1992
Nebraska Book Award, 2013, What the River Carries: Encounters with Mississipi, Missouri, and Platte
Honorable Mention, Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, 2011 for What the River Carries: Encounters with Mississipi, Missouri, and Platte
Environmental Creative Writing award from the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, 2013

Bibliography

Field of Vision. 1995.
Flight Dreams: A Life in the Midwestern Landscape. 1998.
The Nature of Home. 2002.
Interior Places. 2008.
What the River Carries. 2012.
Bread: A Memoir of Hunger. 2016.

Essays featured in:
Going On: An Anthology of Literary Essays About Yoga. 2014.
Creating Nonfiction: Lessons from the Voice of the Genre. 2013.
Shenandoah
Gettysburg Review
Michigan Quarterly Review
Georgia Review
Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction
NEBRASKAland Magazine

Lisa participated in an Ames Reading Series program in October 2013. Her appearance begins at the 17 minute 48 second mark in the video:

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