Like Salt or Love: Essays on Leaving Home. My current project is a memoir in essays. Parts of   the manuscript have been published in or are forthcoming in Gettysburg Review; Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction; Shadowbox: A Showcase of Contemporary Nonfiction; ISLE (Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment); Still Point Arts Quartlery; Going Om: An Anthology of Literary Essays About Yoga. 

Bread: A Memoir of Hunger. University of Missouri Press. Forthcoming, October 2016. 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 and disordered eating.

What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, April 2012. “Lisa Knopp has the eyes of an archeologist and the soul of a great blue heron as she renders this intimate portrayal of three national treasures – the Mississippi, Platte, and  Missouri rivers.” – Katherine Fischer, author of Dreaming the Mississippi. 

Interior Places. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, March 2008. “A collection of essays embracing nonfiction from memoir and biography to travel writing and natural history, Interior Places offers a curiously detailed group photograph of the Midwest’s interior landscape.” – University of Nebraska Press catalogue copy

The Nature of Home: A Lexicon and Essays. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, September 2002. “Knopp writes masterfully about ecology, place, and the values and beliefs that sustain the individual within an impersonal world. . . . Here is a writer who has read widely and judiciously and for whom everything resonates within the intricately structured definition of home.” – University of Nebraska Press catalogue.

 Flight Dreams: A Life in the Midwestern Landscape. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, November 1998. “Part Eastern meditation, part dream sequence, part historical reconstruction, Flight Dreams testifies to a deep understanding of how the natural world—its visible and invisible elements—guides our destinies.” – University of Iowa Press catalogue.

 Field of Vision. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, May 1996. “In this contemplative collection of essays, Lisa Knopp moves out from the prairies of Nebraska and Iowa to encompass a fully developed vision of light, memory, change, separateness, time, symbols, responsibility, and unity.” University of Iowa Press catalogue.


Essays in Literary Quarterlies:

42. "Mashed Avocado on a Rice Cake (Basic Recipe with a Variation)." Seneca Review. Fortcoming Fall 2017.

41. "Worse Than Abandonment." Crab Orchard Review. Forthcoming, Winter 2017.

40. "My Daily Bread." Rock & Sling: A Journal of Witness. 11 (Spring 2016): 36-49.

39. “Still Life with Peaches.” Georgia Review. 68 (Spring 2014).

38. “On Solstalgia.” ISLE (Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment). 77 (August 2014).

37. “Balancing Act.” Brevity: A Concise Journal of Literary Nonfiction. 44 (September 2013).

36.  “The Renoir.” Still Point Arts Quarterly. 9 (Spring 2013): 44-51.

35. “Mississippi Harvest.” Big Muddy: Journal of the Mississippi River Valley. 12:2 (2013): 7-    25.

34. “Out of Love.” Shadowbox: A Showcase of Contemporary Nonfiction (Summer 2012)

33. “Catfish Bend.” Natural Bridge: A Journal of Contemporary Literature 26 (Fall 2011): 32-40.

32. “Painting the River: Henry Lewis’s Great National Work.” Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley 11.2 (fall 2011): 5-23.

31. “Restorations.” North Dakota Quarterly 76:4 (Winter 2010): 157-166.

30. “Missouri River Music.” South Dakota Review 48:4 (Winter 2010): 20-36.

29. “What the River Carries.” Prairie Schooner 84:4 (Winter 2010): 32-43.

28. “Nauvoo: The Beautiful Place.” Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley 9.2 (Summer 2010): 39-59.

27. “No Other River.” Iowa Review. 39:2 (Fall 2009): 166-178. *** 

26.  “Perhapsing: The Art of Speculation in Creative Nonfiction.” Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction 29 (January 2009).

25. “Fleet.” The Gettysburg Review 20:4 (Winter 2007-2008): 537-47. 

24.  “Nine-mile Prairie.” Michigan Quarterly Review 46:3 (Summer 2007): 443-60. ***

23. “Visiting Frederic.” Ascent 30:2 (February 2007): 12-26.

22. “Tending.” Sling and Arrow 2:1 (Spring 2005): 64-76.

21. “In the Corn.” ISLE (Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment) 12.1 (Winter 2005): 199-214.

20. “This Creek.” Cimarron Review 143 (Summer 2003): 26-37.

19. “Thirty Shades of White.” Flint Hills Review 7 (2002): 69-77.

18. “Mammoth Bones.” ISLE (Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment) 9.1 (Winter 2002): 189-202.

17. “Household Words.” Michigan Quarterly Review 40.4 (Fall 2001): 713-25. ***

16. “A Salt Marsh Reclamation.” Southern Indiana Review 8.1 (2001): 55-67.

15. “My Place of Many Times.” Connecticut Review 22 (Fall 2000): 189-95. ***

14. “In the Air.” Shenandoah 49 (Fall 1999): 5-13.

13. “Flight Dreams.” Crazy Horse 55 (Winter 1998): 136-45.

12. “The Beat, 1979.” Dominion Review 14 (1996): 22-39

11. “Hard Remains.” The Journal 20 (Spring/Summer 1996): 22-36.

10. “Last Rites.” Lowell Review 2 (1996): 12-17.

9. “Sky Watch.” Farmer’s Market 13 (Fall/Winter 1995): 42-52.

8. “Excavations.” Creative Nonfiction 4 (Fall 1995): 51-61.

7. “Sheet Music.” Tamaqua 5 (Fall 1995): 152-76.

6. “Summer Reading.” Missouri Review 16 (Fall 1993): 130-46. ***

5. “Just Words.” Cream City Review 17 (Fall 1993): 286-301.

4. “Edges.” Farmer’s Market 10 (Fall/Winter 1993-1994): 99-111.

3. “Seeing ‘Possum.” Cimarron Review 100 (July 1992): 121-31.

2. “Field of Vision.” South Dakota Review 28 (Autumn 1990): 89-101.

1. “Pheasant Country.” Northwest Review 28 (Summer 1990): 41-49. ***

                       ***Notable Essay citation in Best American Essays series.


Anthologized Essays:

13. "Free Samples."Rendezvous in the Rough: Essays from the 21st Century Dating Trenches edited by Danita Berg and MacKenzie Jennings. Forthcoming.

12. “Far Brought.” The Tallgrass Prairie Reader. John T. Price (ed). Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2014.

11. “The Ages of Yoga.” Going Om: An Anthology of Literary Essays About Yoga. Melissa Carroll (ed.). Berkeley: Viva Editions/Cleis Press. Forthcoming spring 2014.

10. “Excavations.” Creating Nonfiction: Lessons from the Voice of the Genre. Lee Gutkind and Robyn Jodlowski (ed.). Pittsburgh: In Fact Books, 2013.

9. “Perhapsing.” Writing True: The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction. Sondra Perl and Mimi Schwartz (ed.). 2nd edition. Stamford, Conn.: Cengage Learning. Forthcoming 2014.

8. “Reflections: Midwesterners on their Region.” Excerpts from “Pilgrimage” (about Amelia  Earhart) originally published in Interior Places. Midwest Living. May/June 2011: 144.

 7. “Perhapsing.” Writ Now! Nonfiction: Memoir, Journalism and Creative Nonfiction Exercises from Today's Best Writers. Sherry Ellis (ed.). Tarcher/Penguin, May 2010.

 6. “Far Brought.” The Big Empty: Contemporary Nebraska Nonfiction Writers. Ladette Randolph and Nina Shevchuk-Murray (ed.). University of Nebraska Press, 2007: 31-45.

5. “A Salt Marsh Reclamation” and “Writing ‘A Salt Marsh Reclamation’” in Landscape with

Figures: The Nonfiction of Place. Robert Root (ed.). Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007.

4. “Houseguest,” in Sisters of the Earth: Women’s Prose and Poetry About Nature. Lorraine Anderson (ed.). New York: Vintage, 2003: 283-88.

3. “Creative,” from The Nature of Home in The Chronicle Review. September 27, 2002: B4.

2. “Excavations,” in The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers on Creative Nonfiction, ed. by Michael Steinberg and Robert Root (ed.). New York: Simon and Schuster/Allyn Bacon, 1999: 319-26.

1. “Excavations,” in The Essayist at Work, Lee Gutkind (ed.). Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Heinemann, 1998: 122-33.