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  • 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
  • The Nature of Home: A Lexicon and Essays
    The Nature of Home: A Lexicon and Essays
    by Lisa Knopp
  • Interior Places
    Interior Places
    by Lisa Knopp
  • Flight Dreams: A Life in the Midwestern Landscape (Singular Lives)
    Flight Dreams: A Life in the Midwestern Landscape (Singular Lives)
    by Lisa Knopp
  • Field of Vision
    Field of Vision
    by Lisa Knopp

 


Knopp is the author of Field of Vision, Flight Dreams: A Life in the Midwestern Landscape, The Nature of Home, and Interior Places. Her award-winning creative nonfiction, which explores her home ground in Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska, has been lauded as "reminiscent of Thoreau's introspective nature writing and Dillard's taut, personal prose."

 

  


Thursday
Jan152015

An Open House at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts

 

You're invited to the monthly open house at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, Nebraska, where I'm completing week two of an extremely productive three-week writer's residency. The event is today, January 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. Each of the six residents (two writers, one composer, three visual artists) will give a brief presentation about his or her work, and Jordan Buschur will be present to answer questions about her work on display in the gallery. The event is free and open to the public.
The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is located at 801 Third Corso in Nebraska City. For more information, call 402-874-9600 or visit http://www.khncenterforthearts.org/

 

 

Thursday
Jan082015

Day four

I'm beginning day four of my writer's residency at the lovely Kimmel Harding Nelson Fine Arts Center in Nebraska City. What a pleasure it is to write all day with no interruptions, while surrounded by others who are engrossed in making their art. I'm hooked.

Wednesday
Dec312014

My words of praise for Riding on Comets

Cat Pleska, a former student of mine at Goucher College, has written a lovely memoir that will be released in May but is available for pre-prder now. Here's the jacket blurb that I was honored to write for her:

"The gifts of Cat Pleska’s Riding on Comets are many: it is fresh, candid, gently humorous, tautly lyrical, and deeply moving.Cat Pleska writes masterfully and movingly about herself, her West Virginia home, and her colorful kin. But the greatest pleasure in reading Riding on Comets is that Pleska’s prose refuses to stay on the page. Rather, it insists on being read aloud and filling the room with its rich rhythms, resonances, syntax, and family diction. Cat Pleska is a natural, graceful, spellbinding storyteller."   Lisa Knopp, What the River Carries.

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Riding on Comets 

Monday
Dec152014

A tough choice

As soon as I submit my grades today, my sabbatical begins! I have two book projects, a food memoir tentatively entitled Bread, and a collection of essays about midlife called Like Salt or Love: Essays on Leaving Home, that I'd like to complete between now and August when I return to campus. But completing a book always takes longer that I expect, so I'm trying to decide on just one in case I don't have time for both. Do I devote myself to the safer project (the collection of essays) or the riskier project (the memoir)? Back and forth I go. I hope to have this figured out before my writer's residency begins on Monday, January 5 at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City.

 

 

Wednesday
Nov122014

The Manfred Award

"Groundwork," one of the essays in Like Salt or Love, one of the books that I'm currently working on, won the 2014 Manfred Award for the best creative writing (poetry, fiction, memoir, or other creative nonfiction) submitted to the annual conference of the Western American Literature Association. I appreciate the recognition from the good folks at WLA.

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