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. http://www.amazon.com/Going-Om-Real-Life-Stories-Yoga/dp/1936740869
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."
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.
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.
Here's the link to "Still Life with Peaches," published in the Georgia Review, and a brief excerpt from near the middle of the essay.
. . . Still, I love the pressure to turn a cohesive setting of objects—or a connected sequence of events—and the reflections they inspire into a narrative, a form and movement that people easily recognize because it’s ancient and natural and, so, something we crave, like salt or love. A good story will contextualize these peaches, deepen your interest in them, explain why I wanted to create a painting or essay to preserve them, and why, though ripe and sweet, they were so hard to eat.
The story behind my still life begins with a walk. Even before I took the first step of that walk, I knew that I would remember it the rest of my life. . . .
My essay "Far Brought" has been included in the Tallgrass Prairie Reader, edited by John T. Price (University of Iowa Press, 2014). The authors anthologized include: "Washington Irving, George Catlin, Margaret Fuller, Elizabeth B. Custer, Mark Twain, John Muir, Hamlin Garland, Zitkala-Ša, Meridel Le Sueur, Aldo Leopold, John Madson, William Least Heat-Moon, Louise Erdrich, Mary Swander, Lance M. Foster, Lisa Knopp, Steven I. Apfelbaum, and Elizabeth Dodd." What a great line-up!
"Far Brought" tells the story of J. Sterling Morton, one of Nebraska's early movers and shakers. He worked tirelessly to remake the grasslands into his image of his home -- the forests, woodlands, and orchards of New York and Michigan where he and his wife grew up. To that end, Morton founded and promoted Arbor Day, the intent of which was to replace what was natural in the Nebraska landscape ("dark bison moving through bright seemingly endless acres of big bluestem, golden sunflowers, white asters, and purple gayfeather) with what wasn't: nonnative trees.