John Knoepfle

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General Information

Name: John Knoepfle

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Born: February 4, 1923 in Cincinnati, Ohio

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Email: N/A

Illinois Connection

Knoepfle has lived in Auburn and currently resides in Springfield.

Biographical and Professional Information

John Knoepfle is known for his poetry about the Midwest. He attended Xavier University and St. Louis University. He was a professor and insturctor at St. Louis University and then at Sangamon State University - now, University of Illinois at Springfield. Currently, he is a professor emeritus of literature at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

In 1986 the Illinois Association of Teachers of English named him Illinois Author of the Year. He has also received the Mark Twain award for contributions to Midwestern literature.

Published Works

  • Rivers into Islands, University of Chicago Press, 1965
  • An Affair of Culture, JuniperPress, 1969
  • After Gray Days and Other Poems, Crabgrass, 1969
  • Songs for Gail Guidry`s Guitar, New Rivers Press, 1969
  • The Intricate Land, New Rivers Press, 1970
  • The Ten-Fifteen Community Poems, 1971
  • Dogs and Cats and Things Like That: Poems, McGraw-Hill, 1971
  • Our Street Feels Good: Poems for Children, McGraw-Hill, 1972
  • Thinking of Offerings, Juniper Press, 1975
  • A Box of Sandlewood, Love Poems, Juniper Press, 1979
  • Poems from the Sangamon, 1985
  • Dim Tales, Stormline Press, 1989
  • Begging an Amnesty, Druid Press, 1994
  • The Chinkapin Oak, Druid Press, 1995
  • Prayer Against Famine and Other Irish Poems, BkMk Press, 2004
  • I Look Around for My Life, Burning Daylight, 2008
  • Walking in Snow, Indian Paintbrush Poets, 2008
  • Shadows and Starlight, Indian Paintbrush Poets, 2012

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

An Affair of Culture

Release Date: 1969

The intricate land

ISBN: 0912284102
Release Date: 1970

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Dogs and cats and things like that;: Poems

ISBN: 0070351252
Release Date: 1971

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Our Street Feels Good: Poems for Children

ISBN: 0070351287
Release Date: 1972

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Dim Tales

ISBN: 0935153128
Release Date: 1990-01

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Begging an Amnesty

ISBN: 0945301103
Release Date: 1994

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The Chinkapin Oak Poems 1993-1995

ISBN: 0964603748
Release Date: 1995

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ISBN: 1886157456
Release Date: 2004-01-01

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I Look Around for My Life

ISBN: 0977731839
Release Date: 2008-02-14

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Walking in Snow

ISBN: 0977731871
Release Date: 2008-06-24

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Shadows and Starlight

ISBN: 0984652345
Release Date: 2012-03-06

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Literary Awards

  • Mark Twain Award for Distinguished Contributions to Midwestern Literature, Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature, Michigan State University, 1986
  • Illinois Author of the Year, Illinois Association of Teachers of English, 1986
  • Literary Heritage Award, Illinois Center for the Book, 1995
  • Doctor of Humane Letters, Maryville University, 1996
  • Doctor of Humane Letters, Springfield College in Illinois, 1999
  • Signaling Excellence in the Arts, WILL Award, 2002
  • President’s Award for Exemplary Achievement in the Literary Arts, Poets and Writers Literary Forum, 2004

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

John Knoepfle on WorldCat


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