Dr. Lisa Knopp
- English, Professor
Lisa Knopp is the author of six books of creative nonfiction, with a seventh under contract. Bread: A Memoir of Hunger (University of Missouri Press, 2016), 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. Lisa's seventh book, From Your Friend, Carey Dean: Letters from Nebraska’s Death Row, is forthcoming from Cascade Books in 2022. It tells the story of her 23-year friendship with Moore, a double murderer who the state of Nebraska executed on August 14, 2018. Her essay, "Death Watch," about visiting Moore at the Nebraska State Penitentiary on the mornings of August 11, 12, and 13, 2018 won first prize in december magazine's 2020 Curt Johnson Prose Contest. 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, 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. Currently, she's working on a collection of autobiographical essays called Like Salt or Love: Essays on Leaving Home. Essays in that collection have been published in several journals, including Brevity, Gettysburg Review, Georgia Review, and Blood Orange Review. Lisa has been on the faculty at UNO since August 2005. She lives in Lincoln. Please visit her website: www.lisaknopp.com
Autobiographical essays, memoir, literary journalism, experimental forms of creative nonfiction.
Awards and Honors
2020 Curt Johnson Prose Awards (first prize), Scholarship/Research - 2020
River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Conest, Scholarship/Research - 2020
Pushcart Nomination, Scholarship/Research - 2020
Shortlist for 2021 One Book One Nebraska , Scholarship/Research - 2020
Missouri Review’s 2018 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize contest, Scholarship/Research - 2019
"Leaving" Writing Contest, Scholarship/Research - 2018
Ph D, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, English, Creative nonfiction and American Literature., 1993
Knopp, Lisa. 2016. Bread: A Memoir of Hunger, University of Missouri Press, 173.
Knopp, Lisa. 2012. What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte, University of Missouri Press, 978-0-8262-1974-9, 230.
Knopp, Lisa. 2008. Interior Places, University of Nebraska Press, 978-0-0032-1143-8, 289.
Knopp, Lisa. 2002. The Nature of Home, University of Nebraska Press, 231.
Knopp, Lisa. 1996. Field of Vision, University of Iowa Press.
Department, College, and University
ADWR/CNF concentration program/track committee, Attendee, Meeting, 01/01/2018 - 01/31/2018
Lisa Knopp is the author of six books of creative nonfiction. Her most recent, Bread: A Memoir of Hunger, explores eating disorders and disordered eating among older women.
What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Misouri, and Platte won the 2013 Nebraska Book Award in the essay category and tied for second place in the 2013 ALSE (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment) book awards for environmental creative nonfiction. Currently, she's working on a collection of autobiographical essays, Like Salt or Love: Essays on Leaving Home.
Knopp's essays have appeared in numerous journals including Seneca Review, Missouri Review, Michigan Review, Iowa Review, Southern Indiana Review, Gettysburg Review, Northwest Review, Crab Orchard Review, Shenandoah, Creative Nonfiction, Prairie Schooner, Brevity, and Georgia Review. Seven of her essays have been listed as “notable essays” in the Best American Essays series (1990, 1994, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2010, and 2014).
Knopp joined the UNO Department of English in 2005. Prior to that, she taught in the Masters of Fine Arts programs at the University of Southern Illinois-Carbondale and at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.
For more information, please go to her website www.lisaknopp.com.This professor is available for consultation regarding Sustainability topics.