• 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."




Solstalgia -- an essay about climate change in eastern Nebraska

Here's the link to "Solstalgia," my essay about climate change in eastern Nebraska, which was just published in the current issue of ISLE (Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment). This is one of two nature essays that will be included in Like Salt or Love.

"On an unseasonably warm and foggy December day, I drove from my home in Lincoln to Omaha, where Bill McKibben would be speaking that evening at the Joslyn Art Museum. I knew that McKibben, whose 1989 book, The End of Nature, was one of the first written about global climate change, would present information that I would find disturbing, inspiring, and very compelling. I arrived several hours before his address, so I could spend the afternoon hiking with a friend at the Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge, about 10 miles north of Omaha. Ever since I discovered the refuge and the restored side channel of the Missouri River six years earlier, it had been one of my favorite places to hike. Walking along beside the curving chute while listening to the swiftly flowing water and watching for bald eagles roosting in the cottonwoods seemed like a bracing yet comforting way to spend the afternoon before McKibben's talk."



A favorite piece of advice

"A lot of writing is simply showing up... day after day, same time and same place."

-- Elizabeth George, Write Away: One Novelist's Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life


Going Om

My essay, "Yoga through the Ages," about the various changes and stages in my 32-year practice, is included in the anthology Going Om: Real-life Stories on and off the Yoga Mat, edited by Melissa Carroll and published by Viva Editions. What is unique about this collection is that these are LITERARY essays about yoga by some of the finest contemporary writers in the country -- Dinty W, Moore, Branda Miller, Ira Sukrungruang, Cheryl Strayed, and others. I'm flattered and humbled to be included. Going Om will be available in September, but you can go ahead and order a couple dozen copies now.


Odd Objects, Discomfort, & Joy: A Conversation with Lisa Knopp

Here's the link to an interview in which I talk about my messy writing process, odd object essays, why I'm done with nature writing, and the challenges of writing about faith and aging in my new book.

Lisa Knopp’s essay “Still Life with Peaches” graces the pages of the Spring 2014 Georgia Review. She talks with assistant to the editors John Brown Spiers about the means of that essay’s creation, the many facets of a nature essay, and her earlier and upcoming work.


My words of praise for Nancy McCabe's new book

Nancy McCabe's lovely new memoir, Little Houses to Little Women: Revisiting a Literary Childhood, is now available for preorder from the University of Missouri Press. Here's my jacket blurb: 

"From Little Houses to Little Women: Revisiting a Literary Childhood is a triple delight. Nancy McCabe takes her readers on nostalgic journeys back into those books that she and many of us read as children, as well as on literal journeys to the settings of those stories and the homes of their authors. At the same time, she presents her childhood responses to works by Wilder, Montgomery, Dickinson, Lovelace, and others, as well as her skillful assessment as an English professor. This layered approach to the literature is both provocative and satisfying. From Little Houses to Little Women is beautifully written, and McCabe is a frank, enlightening, down-to-earth, and immensely likeable traveling companion." -- Lisa Knopp, What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte.