Join us for a special reading and book signing with award-winning essayist, Lisa Knopp. Knopp will read selections from her recent publication What the River Carries: Encounters with Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte.
The reading will take place in Joslyn’s Durham gallery 7, which features art of the American West and a number of Karl Bodmer’s watercolors of the Missouri River. Following the gallery experience, Knopp will be on hand in Joslyn’s ConAgra Atrium to visit with guests and sign copies of her book.
The program is free for Joslyn Members and college students with a valid I.D. General public may attend for the price of regular Museum admission, now just $5 on Thursdays, 4-8 pm!
Reservations are not required. Cash bar opens at 5 pm. For more information please contact Joslyn’s Director of Adult Programs at (402) 661-3862.
WHAT THE RIVER CARRIES: ENCOUNTERS WITH MISSISSIPPI, MISSOURI, AND PLATTE
is an informed and lyrical collection of interwoven essays exploring the physical and cultural geography of the rivers she has come to understand and cherish. In her writing Knopp contemplates how people experience landscape by 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, Lisa Knopp beautifully searches for knowledge and meaning.
is the author of five collections of essays, each of which explores the concepts of place, home, nature, and spirituality. Her most recent collection, What the River Carries: Encounters with Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte
was published by the University of Missouri Press in April. Knopp'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, and Northwest Review
. Six of her essays have received Notable Essay citations in the Best American Essays series. Currently, she is working on a collection of autobiographical and spiritual essays.
Knopp was born and raised in Burlington in southeastern Iowa, and received her education at the University of Iowa, Iowa Wesleyan College, Western Illinois University, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where she teaches courses in creative nonfiction, and is visiting faculty in the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Nonfiction at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, near her son and daughter. For more information about Lisa Knopp and her writings, please visit her website.