• 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."




Wise words from M. F. K. Fisher

M. F. K. Fisher wrote delicious essays about food, desire, and fulfillment, and she had wise words about the act of writing: "Write one good clean sentence and put a period at the end of it. Then write another one." That's how I'm spending my morning. 



I'm waiting. I'm waiting to hear if I've found a publisher for my memoir. I'm waiting to discover what revisions await me. I'm waiting to see what kind of cover art I'll be given. In her essay, "Waiting," Edna O'Brien says that fisherman are better at waiting than other breeds. The worst? Writers. What a darned good time this is for me to go fishing!


Serve It Up!

What a pleasure it's been putting together the reading list for my food writing course, which I'm teaching for the first time this fall at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Among my favorites "dishes" are: A. A. Milne's poignant essay, "Autumn," about celery; Judith Moore's lyrical, insightful "Adultery" (she cooks out of guilt!); anything by M. F. K. Fisher, but especially "Define This Word," about bad food servers; Henry Beecher Ward's sumptuous, 1862 essay on apple pie; Mike Sula's "Chicken of the Trees" (he encourages people to kill and eat urban squirrels); anything by Change-rae Lee (the subject of "Magical Dinners" is his Korean-American family's celebration of Thanksgiving); the clever, precise restaurant reviews of Ruth Reichl. It's been quite a feast and I'm pleased to report that I haven't gained a pound!


At the Sterling Lord Festival, April 18, 2015, Burlington, Iowa


with Burlington author, Gary Chapman 

Sterling Lord, who was born (1920) and raised in my hometown, Bulington, Iowa, and who graduated from BHS, is a major literary agent who has represented such authors as Jack Kerouac (On the Road), Ken Kesey (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), Lawrence Ferlinghetti ("A Coney Island of the Mind"; co-founder of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers), and Stan and Jan Berenstain (the Berenstain Bears books for children). In his honor, the Burlington Pulbilc Library is sponsoring a celebration of local authors. I'll be there with my books, each discounted for festival attendees. I'm looking forward to meeting other Burlington-area writers and those coming to the festival.

The local author showcase is from 11-1:30. At 1:30,  Stacey Cordery, one of Lord's clients, will talk about her work. At 2:00, Mike Berenstain, son of Jan and Stan and now author and illustrator of the Berenstain Bears series, will speak with us by Skype. At 2:30 Lord will also speak with us by Skype.

The Burlington Public library is at 210 Court Street, just a stone's throw from the beautiful Mississippi. The event is free and open to the public. 

For more about Sterling Lord, check out "Out to Lunch with Sterling Lord" in the February 2013 issue of Vanity Fair.



A little bit about a new course I'm teaching next fall