• 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."




"Still Life with Peaches"


"Still Life with Peaches," one of the essays in Like Salt or Love: Essays on Leaving Home, the collection I'm currently working on, appears in the spring issue of the Georgia Review. I offer this excerpt from Stephen Corey's preface to the issue as inspiration to all of my writer friends and students. Writers need to be patient, tough in the face of rejection, and really, really persistent. This approach also worked for me with the Gettysburg, Iowa, and Missouri Reviews. Keep sending 'em your work until they take something!

"Essays, anyone?  . . . And then there is Lisa Knopp, whom I must thank not only for her fine writing but for her patience and persistence: she has been sending essays to us now and then for more than twenty years—essays always of note, but ones that never quite hit all the right buttons for us. Now, we offer 'Still Life with Peaches,' whose complex-yet-clear mix of the aesthetic, the intellectual, and the emotional will, I am certain, grab you and hold on." 



I've arrived!

After a very long process that involved lots of bureacracy, meetings, more revisions of my resume than I want to think about, and testimonies from colleagues and former students (thank you!), I've been promoted to full professor at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Hurrah!


When language falls short

This morning as I was reading Susan Griffin's essay "Red shoes" for the seminar I teach in experimental forms of creative nonfiction, I came across these words: "I love that moment in writing when I know that language falls short. There is something more there. A larger body. Even by the failure of words I begin to detect its dimensions. As I work the prose, shift the verbs, look for new adjectives, a different rhythm, syntax, something new beings to come to the surface." That is what I love the most about writing.




Big, Beautiful Dirt

I just finished, "Earthmover," my essay about the lowly but mighty earthworm for the anthology that Barbara K. Richardson is editing called Loving Dirt: Thirty Writers Get Down to Earth. Some of the other writers in this "dirty" little collection include Julene Bair, Joy Harjo, Linda Hogan, Marilyn Krysl, John T. Price, Liz Stephens, and Wes Jackson. I can't wait to read their takes on dirt!




A book talk in Omaha

You're invited to my book talk at the Milton R. Abrahamson Branch Library in Omaha on Monday, December 16, 2013, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. I'll give a brief reading, speak about the research that I did for What the River Carries, as well as the autobiographical elements in the collection, answer questions, and send folks on their way with some place-based writing prompts.

The library is on 5111 N. 90th Street. The event is free. To register, go to  

Please call the library at 402.444.6284 if you have questions.