What a pleasure it was to spend time with folks at the Sterling Lord Writers and Readers Festival at the Burlington (Iowa) Public Library. See that table behind me? That and others like it were brought to the new library from the old one where four generations of my family borrowed and usually returned books. When I was in high school, I sat at those grand wooden tables and laboriously copied notes from magazines that I located through the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature onto 3 by 5 index cards for my research papers on the population explosion, the Alaska Pipeline, and other hot topics of the time. So much has changed about how we research and write. And yet, those dear, old beautiful tables are still there.
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.
Here's a ten-minute interview about Bread which will air on NET Radio's "All About Books" today.
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
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.
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?"