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Burlington native pens autobiography published by UI Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Burlington native Lisa Knopp writes about her dreams as a little girl in the Mississippi River town, the natural world, and chance encounters with people that later prove to be fateful in "Flight Dreams: A Life in the Midwestern Landscape," published by the University of Iowa Press.

"Flight Dreams" is one of 16 autobiographies that comprise "Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography," edited by series editor Albert E. Stone. "Flight Dreams" is the follow-up to Knopp's first book, "Field of Vision," published by the UI Press in 1996.

"Flight Dreams" knits together sections of Knopp's life story through a pattern of images drawn from nature. The most prevalent of these unifying themes are metaphors of flight -- birds, wind, moving upward and outward across the Midwestern landscape from Nebraska and Iowa to southern Illinois.

"Flight Dreams is "one of the most striking collections of nature writing to appear in several years," says the Virginia Quarterly Review.

"In 16 thoughtful, inspiring essays, Knopp explores the connections between the visual perception and the human experience of nature, speculating about both our place in the natural world and the place of the natural world in our lives."

Knopp teaches writing at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and at Goucher College in Baltimore. She lives in Lincoln, Neb.

"Flight Dreams: A Life in the Midwestern Landscape," (304 pages, $22.95 paper) is available in bookstores or directly at the UI Press by calling (773) 568-1550.

2/10/99