601 N Main St, Mt Pleasant, IA 52641, United States
In 1981, Lisa graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College (present-day Iowa Wesleyan University) with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455, United States
In 1986, Knopp graduated from Western Illinois University with a Master of Arts degree.
1400 R St, Lincoln, NE 68588, United States
In 1993, she obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
(In this contemplative collection of essays, Lisa Knopp mo...)
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. Knopp charts a stimulating course among the individual, community, and culture, that removes the boundaries between self and other, allowing one to become fully present in the world. Her keen vision sees beyond the ordinary to illuminate the mysteries and meanings of our personal and natural worlds.
(Each chapter in "Flight Dreams" stands alone as a distinc...)
Each chapter in "Flight Dreams" stands alone as a distinct narrative, yet each is linked by profoundly personal descriptions of dreams, the natural world, defining experiences and chance encounters with people, that later prove to be fateful. 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.
(Homesickness is the triggering event for this collection ...)
Homesickness is the triggering event for this collection of essays, concerned with nothing less, than what it means to feel at home. Knopp writes masterfully about ecology, place and the values and beliefs, that sustain the individual within an impersonal world.
(In this informed and lyrical collection of interwoven ess...)
In this informed and lyrical collection of interwoven essays, Lisa Knopp explores the physical and cultural geography of the Mississippi, Missouri and Platte, rivers, that she has come to understand and cherish. At the same time, she contemplates, how people experience landscape, identifying three primary roles of environmental perception: the insider, the outsider and the outsider, seeking to become an insider. Viewing the waterways through these approaches, she searches for knowledge and meaning.
(This compelling memoir, at once a food and illness narrat...)
This compelling memoir, at once a food and illness narrative, explores the forces, that cause eating disorders and disordered eating, including the link between those conditions in women, middle-aged and older, and the fear of aging and ageism.
In 1981, Lisa graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College (present-day Iowa Wesleyan University) with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She continued her education at Western Illinois University and received her Master of Arts degree in 1986. Later, Knopp also studied at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where she obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1993.
In 1981, Lisa began her career as an English teacher at Westside High School in Omaha, a post she held till 1984, when she was appointed a teaching assistant at Western Illinois University. Knopp remained there until 1986.
Between 1986-1988, Lisa held the post of an English teacher at Valley High School in West Des Moines. During the period from 1988 till 1993, she acted as a teaching assistant at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. In 1994, Knopp started to read lectures at the educational establishment, a position she held until 1995. In 1995, she started to work as an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
During her lifetime, she also acted as a reviewer of manuscripts for different journals and newspapers, including "Great Plains Quarterly", "Prairie Schooner" and "Duquesne University Press".
Also, Lisa contributes poems, articles and essays to newspapers, periodicals and anthologies, including "American Nature Writers", "Crazy Horse", "The Des Moines Register", "Friendly Woman", "Great Plains Quarterly", "Iowa Woman", "Missouri Review" and others.
Currently, Lisa holds the post of a professor of English at the University of Nebraska Omaha, where she teaches courses in creative nonfiction.
(This compelling memoir, at once a food and illness narrat...)2016
(Each chapter in "Flight Dreams" stands alone as a distinc...)1998
(In this contemplative collection of essays, Lisa Knopp mo...)1996
(In this informed and lyrical collection of interwoven ess...)2012
(Homesickness is the triggering event for this collection ...)2002
(This book shows its readers what it is to know, feel and ...)2008
Lisa practises Church of the Brethren religion. Also, she has a great interest in Eastern religions.
"My greatest challenge in becoming a writer was to find my "genre home". Part of my difficulty was that until recently, fiction and poetry were the only creative writing classes one could take in most colleges and universities. I had to discover on my own, that there was yet another form of creative writing."
"When I was in my early twenties, I tried to write fiction. But I felt restrained by the form, since I wanted to write about myself and my own experiences not through a fictionalized version of myself, but directly. And too, I wasn’t interested in creating fictional worlds and situations, since what I encountered in my daily life was infinitely more remarkable and interesting, than anything I or anyone else could create."
"In my late twenties and early thirties, I tried to write poetry. In one respect, I was more successful as a poet since I could be autobiographical in my poems. Yet again, I felt restricted. Poetry was lean. I felt that I needed to fill many pages, margin to margin to say all I had to say on a particular subject. If not fiction or poetry, then what?"
Lisa is a member of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, Association of Writers and Writing Programs and Western Literature Association.
Lisa married Colin Ramsay, a professor, on September 4, 1990. Their marriage produced two children — Ian Knopp and Meredith Ramsay Knopp. On January 26, 1996, the couple divorced.