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  • Bread: A Memoir of Hunger
    Bread: A Memoir of Hunger
    by Lisa Knopp
  • What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte
    What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte
    by Lisa Knopp
  • Interior Places
    Interior Places
    by Lisa Knopp
  • The Nature of Home: A Lexicon and Essays
    The Nature of Home: A Lexicon and Essays
    by Lisa Knopp
  • Flight Dreams: A Life in the Midwestern Landscape (Singular Lives; The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography)
    Flight Dreams: A Life in the Midwestern Landscape (Singular Lives; The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography)
    by Lisa Knopp
  • Field of Vision by Lisa Knopp (1996-05-01)
    Field of Vision by Lisa Knopp (1996-05-01)
    by Lisa Knopp;

 




Welcome to my website! I'm the author of six award-winning books of creative nonfiction, the most recent of which is Bread: A Memoir of Hunger (University of Missouri Press, fall 2016). I'm a Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Omaha where I teach courses in creative nonfiction. Please email me if you would like me to give a reading or book talk or visit your book club.


Saturday
Sep172016

Family, Enemies, Friends

I was pleased to learn that my essay, "Worse than Abandonment," has been accepted for publication in Crab Orchard Review's “Family, Enemies, Friends: The Relationships Issue." Crab Orchard Review is Southern Illinois University-Carbondale's national journal of creative works. This issue will be available in late November. 


 

Here's the first paragraph:

“There are worse things than abandonment,” a friend once told you. The moment you heard this, you knew that she had succinctly articulated something essential. Soon, this phrase became your mantra. You turned to it for peace and perspective whenever you were troubled by how little time, money, and attention your son’s father provided him. Sometimes, you’d repeat the mantra silently, sometimes under your breath, sometimes out loud, and sometimes you heard it being whispered to you in a voice that wasn’t yours. Sometimes, the syllables were so fast and clipped that they shot past as if they were greased. Other times, each syllable was drawn out, with sustained intervals between them, prolonging each iteration long enough for you to weed your entire garden. But you withheld judgment and took your mantra as it came to you, watched the syllables spin, slide, shift, throb, leap, or drift; settle, rouse, and settle again. Worse . . . than . . . a . . . ban . . . don . . . ment. . . .

Wednesday
Aug312016

Eating Disorders in Midlife Tweet Chat

 

Please "listen in." This discussion is sponsored by NEDA, the National Eating Disorders Association.


Monday
Aug222016

From a satisfied reader

I just received this lovely message from Alea Hall, a graduate student in English at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, who is reading the pages proofs for Bread. I love it so much, in fact, that I'm sharing the last line of her message here.

"You have unveiled all the secret corners of this disease, unbound the gags, there is something truly moving and spiritual about this work--I am sad to finish it." 

This is the response from readers that I dream of! Thank you Alea!


 

 


Thursday
Aug042016

A reading from Bread: A Memoir of Hunger

I'll be giving my first reading from Bread next Thursday, August 11 at 7 PM. Also reading are Liz Kay, the author of the novel Monster Love, and Jeanine from Youth Emergency Services, who will be reading her poetry. What a great line-up! This event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Omaha's Low-residency MFA in Writing and Youth Emergency Services (www.yesomaha.org).

The Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center
6400 South, University Drive Road North
University of Nebraska-Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska 68182

 

Monday
Aug012016

Best American Essay Project 

I am pleased to see that seven of my essays are listed in the Best American Essay Project spear-headed by Karen Babine. Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies has provided a searchable database of the writers, essays, and journals that comprise the last thirty years of the Best American Essays series. Some writers, like David Sedaris, John Updike, Jamaica Kincaid, Lauren Slater, and many others, have numerous essays listed. And, too, there are some darn good essayists that don't make the list at all. Even so, it's a valuable resource, and I'm honored to be included. Here's the link if you want to check it out for yourself:

http://bestamericanessays.neocities.org/Best%20American%20Essays.html