CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
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
"Flight Dreams is "one of the most striking collections of
nature writing to appear in several years," says the Virginia Quarterly
"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.