• 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."




Sterling Lord Day, April 18, 2015

Sterling Lord Day

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.


Ode to Bellies

My little essay, "Ode to Bellies," has been accepted for publication by a new journal, Embodied Effigies. I submitted there because I love the title of the journal and thought it a good place for an essay written in praise of bellies. Here's a sample paragraph:

There are all of those other bellies, too, each beautiful in its own way: a baby’s, smooth, rounded, and kissable orb; a puppy’s, pink, taut, milk-filled drum; my ex-husband’s, more of a flat tire than a basketball, in spite of all the jogging and weight-lifting, and still inexplicably sexy; old cats, with their sagging burden that swings from side to side as they run; the bud of a belly sported by young women in their low-slung jeans and shirts that do not cover all; my own concave belly before my two pregnancies; my own mid-life belly that has lost its edge and will never, I mean never, again appear in public in a two-piece swimming suit.




Every once in a while, one of my friends or former students who are teaching first-year composition tell me how surprised and delighted they were to find that Bedford/St. Martin's uses the titles of two of my books in its online "Research and Documentation Guide" to MLA (Modern Language Association) citations. Here it is:

"6. Two or more works by the same author If your list of works cited includes two or more works by the same author, first alphabetize the works by title (ignoring the article A, An, or The at the beginning of a title). Use the author’s name for the first entry only; for subsequent entries, use three hyphens followed by a period. The three hyphens must stand for exactly the same name or names as in the first entry.

Knopp, Lisa. Field of Vision. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 1996. Print.

---. The Nature of Home: A Lexicon and Essays. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2002. Print."

 I wonder if this has ever led anyone to get ahold of one of these books :  )


An Open House at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts


You're invited to the monthly open house at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, Nebraska, where I'm completing week two of an extremely productive three-week writer's residency. The event is today, January 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. Each of the six residents (two writers, one composer, three visual artists) will give a brief presentation about his or her work, and Jordan Buschur will be present to answer questions about her work on display in the gallery. The event is free and open to the public.
The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is located at 801 Third Corso in Nebraska City. For more information, call 402-874-9600 or visit




Day four

I'm beginning day four of my writer's residency at the lovely Kimmel Harding Nelson Fine Arts Center in Nebraska City. What a pleasure it is to write all day with no interruptions, while surrounded by others who are engrossed in making their art. I'm hooked.