Lisa Knopp is the author of six books of creative nonfiction. Her most recent, Bread: A Memoir of Hunger (University of Missouri Press, 2016), tells the story of her three bouts with severe food restricting and addresses the little-discussed phenomenon of eating disorders and disordered eating among older women. But, too, Bread is an exploration of the nature of hunger, desire, yearning, nourishment, sustenance, fulfillment, and contentment. Bread won the Nebraska Book Award for memoir in 2017.

In What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte (University of Missouri Press, 2012), Lisa explores the physical and cultural geography of the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte, rivers that she has come to understand and cherish. What the River Carries won the 2013 Nebraska Book Award in the essay category and tied for second place in the 2013 Environmental Creative Writing Book Award from the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment.

Currently, Lisa is completing two projects: a collection of autobiographical and spiritual essays, Like Salt or Love: Essays on Leaving Home; a memoir/biography, From Your Friend, Carey Dean: Letters from Nebraska’s Death Row, about her 23-year friendship with Moore, who the state of Nebraska executed on August 14, 2018.

Lisa’s essays have appeared in many of the best publications, including Shenandoah, Gettysburg Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Missouri Review, Connecticut Review, Creative Nonfiction, Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Northwest Review, Georgia Review, Brevity, and Seneca Review. Seven of her essays have received notable essay citations in the Best American Essays series. She is the recipient of two literature fellowships from the Nebraska Arts Council.

Lisa was born and raised in Burlington, Iowa, and was educated at Iowa Wesleyan College, Western Illinois University, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a professor of English at the University of Nebraska Omaha where she teaches courses in creative nonfiction. She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.


 Please contact me at:  lknopp [at] unomaha [dot] edu