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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.


Monday
Aug222016

From a satisfied reader

I just received this lovely message from Alea Hall, a graduate student in English at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, who is reading the pages proofs for Bread. I love it so much, in fact, that I'm sharing the last line of her message here.

"You have unveiled all the secret corners of this disease, unbound the gags, there is something truly moving and spiritual about this work--I am sad to finish it." 

This is the response from readers that I dream of! Thank you Alea!


 

 


Thursday
Aug042016

A reading from Bread: A Memoir of Hunger

I'll be giving my first reading from Bread next Thursday, August 11 at 7 PM. Also reading are Liz Kay, the author of the novel Monster Love, and Jeanine from Youth Emergency Services, who will be reading her poetry. What a great line-up! This event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Omaha's Low-residency MFA in Writing and Youth Emergency Services (www.yesomaha.org).

The Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center
6400 South, University Drive Road North
University of Nebraska-Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska 68182

 

Monday
Aug012016

Best American Essay Project 

I am pleased to see that seven of my essays are listed in the Best American Essay Project spear-headed by Karen Babine. Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies has provided a searchable database of the writers, essays, and journals that comprise the last thirty years of the Best American Essays series. Some writers, like David Sedaris, John Updike, Jamaica Kincaid, Lauren Slater, and many others, have numerous essays listed. And, too, there are some darn good essayists that don't make the list at all. Even so, it's a valuable resource, and I'm honored to be included. Here's the link if you want to check it out for yourself:

http://bestamericanessays.neocities.org/Best%20American%20Essays.html

Friday
Jul292016

Query

I love an editor who writes, "What do you want that sentence to be?"

Thursday
Jul282016

Today's work

The editing process for Bread: A Memoir of Hunger is nearing the end. Today, I'm proofreading my bibliography -- 18 ms. pages. Apparently, I've done many things wrong and can't figure out what these different (though pretty!) colors mean -- so it's a good thing that I'm not, you know, an English professor or anything like that.