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

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


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


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


English Instructor

Places Worked

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


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


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.
From Your Friend, Carey Dean : Letters from Nebraska's Death Row. 2022.

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

January 2004:

Lisa Knopp has been a speaker in three Ames Reading Series programs:

April 2007:

October 2013 - Her appearance begins at the 17 minute 48 second mark in the video:

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