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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
Oct242016

Book Group Guide

Please contact me if you'd like to use the book group guide that I've prepared for Bread, and I will email it to you. It consists of biographical information, discussion questions, and an author interview from Isthmus Review.

The best way to contact me is through my university email account:

lknopp at unomaha dot edu

Sunday
Oct162016

It's here!

No more hanging around by the mailbox. My complementary copies arrived last Thursday. And what a beautiful book it is! The University of Missouri Press did an outstanding job with the cover and layout.

Saturday
Oct082016

Isthmus interview

Thom Davis, a graduate student in English at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, interviewed me about Bread: A Memoir of Hunger last spring. And now it's been published in Isthmus Review. Many thanks to Thom, Jody Keisner, the colleague of mine who arranged this, and the folks at Isthmus Review who published it.

Thom asked great questions, like this: "You reveal that one of the reasons you identify with your malady is due to your love of metaphor and contradictions, and you ask, “What am I hungry for that food cannot fill?” This seems like an epiphany to me. How has your writing served as a method of self-therapy?"

http://www.isthmusreview.com/interview-with-lisa-knopp/

 

 

Thursday
Oct062016

All About Books

I'll be talking with Pat Leach about my new book, Bread: A Memoir of Hunger, and the books that I like to read on "All About Books," Tuesday, October 11th on NET Radio (Nebraska's NPR). The interview will be aired on a Thursday (more about this later) at 12:04.

http://netnebraska.org/basic-page/radio/all-about-books

Saturday
Sep172016

Family, Enemies, Friends

I was pleased to learn that my essay, "Worse than Abandonment," has been accepted for publication in Crab Orchard Review's “Family, Enemies, Friends: The Relationships Issue." Crab Orchard Review is Southern Illinois University-Carbondale's national journal of creative works. This issue will be available in late November. 


 

Here's the first paragraph:

“There are worse things than abandonment,” a friend once told you. The moment you heard this, you knew that she had succinctly articulated something essential. Soon, this phrase became your mantra. You turned to it for peace and perspective whenever you were troubled by how little time, money, and attention your son’s father provided him. Sometimes, you’d repeat the mantra silently, sometimes under your breath, sometimes out loud, and sometimes you heard it being whispered to you in a voice that wasn’t yours. Sometimes, the syllables were so fast and clipped that they shot past as if they were greased. Other times, each syllable was drawn out, with sustained intervals between them, prolonging each iteration long enough for you to weed your entire garden. But you withheld judgment and took your mantra as it came to you, watched the syllables spin, slide, shift, throb, leap, or drift; settle, rouse, and settle again. Worse . . . than . . . a . . . ban . . . don . . . ment. . . .