• 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."




Bread in 100 or so words

Here's my description of Bread: A Memoir of Hunger in just a few words. 

When the disordered eating that had left Lisa Knopp sick and thin when she was 15 and 25 returned when she was deeply settled into the routines and responsibilities, the fulfillments and sorrows of midlife, Knopp, a mother, professor, and award-winning author of five books, embarked on a quest to understand her malady, why it returned when it did, and how to heal herself. In Bread, which is both an illness and a food memoir, Knopp explores the tangle of genetic, biological, familial, psychological, economic, and cultural forces that cause eating disorders, a psychological illness and a clinical diagnosis, and disordered eating, an abnormal or maladaptive relationship with food, weight, body image, and self.



Last week, my contract with the Unvirsity of Missouri Press was approved by the board. My new book, Bread: A Memoir of Hunger, will probably be available in the fall of 2016. That seems so far away -- until I remember all that I must do to prepare the manuscript for publication and to market it.


A "Notable Essay" Citation

What a wonderful honor to have my essay, "Still Life with Peaches," (Georgia Review, spring 2014) listed as a "Notable Essay" in the Best American Essays 2015, edited by Ariel Levy and Robert Atwan. I'm pleased to share this honor with writers such as Ann Beattie, Oliver Sacks, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, and John McPhee, as well as Patrick Mainelli, a a recent graduate of our graduate creative nonfiction program at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. This is my seventh "notable essay" citation.


Essaying is My Livelihood

Check out my blog entry about my life's work as an essayist. I'm pleased that those at the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, which supports both the arts and humanities in the state, invited me to tell my story!

I'm Back!

I was sweating it. Due to a sabbatical and the summer break, yesterday was my first day in the classroom since last December. Yesterday was also the 35th time (gasp!) that I began a new school year as the student teacher/ teacher/instructor/professor. What if I don't want to do this anymore? I worried. I have friends my age who have retired and others who will be soon. That sounds pretty good to me! But I'm pleased to report that the discussion in Food Writing, which I'm teaching for the first time, was so zesty, delicious, enthusiastic, and downright fun and the discussion in my graduate seminar on experimental forms so enlightening (I thought I knew everything there was to know about Barry Lopez's "The Raven," but those smart students surprised me several times with their insights), that I'm back and very, very grateful to be there.