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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.


Friday
Jul152016

Nailing it down

Here's part of a page of edits from my forthcoming book, Bread: A Memoir of Hunger. I'm pretty sure that Gloria Thomas is the world's best editor. It's a pleasurable and humbling journey full of epiphanies, oh-no-did-I-really-write-that? moments, and more as I work my way through her requests for clarification, development, and occasionally deletions (the purple ink) and all of those tweaks (the red stuff in the margin) that will make my prose more elegant or accurate. A frequent comment of hers: "I wonder if you want to nail this down more?" Nope, but I will.

Tuesday
Jul122016

Ten Again

When helping to empty my late mother's house last March, I found a box of books from my childhood. What a bonanza! Yesterday, I spent the afternoon getting reacquainted with Nancy Drew, the Bobbsey Twins, lots of horses (Black Beauty and Old Bones the Wonder Horse, to name but a few), Pippi Longstocking, Cherry Ames (student nurse), Jo March, and Marie Curie. For the afternoon, I was 10 years old again. Today, I'm rereading my very favorite, The Saturdays. Then, I longed to be part of the wonderful Melendy family.

Saturday
Jun252016

The due date!

Bread: A Memoir of Hunger will be available in October. I'll be posting the cover image soon.

Monday
Jun132016

Summer reading!

I wait all year for the freedom to read whatever I want. Here are a few books from my summer reading list. The rest of the stack will be arriving by mail. Now it's time to dig in!

Saturday
Jun042016

The next stage

June 3, we begin editing Bread: A Memoir of Hunger. I love this stage -- the collaboration that goes on between a good editor (I have one) and me to produce something better than what I can do on my own. I especially love the queries that ask me to rethink or better articulate something that until that moment, seemed just fine to me. Let the querying begin!