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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John Knoepfle  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: February 4, 1923 in Cincinnati, Ohio

-- John Knoepfle on WorldCat --

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.


-- ''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
-- Presidentís Award for Exemplary Achievement in the Literary Arts, Poets and Writers Literary Forum, 2004

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Begging an amnesty :
ISBN: 0945301103. OCLC Number: 32256048

Druid Press,. .

Dogs and cats and things like that;
ISBN: 0070351252. OCLC Number: 216402

McGraw-Hill. .

Seventeen poems about familiar and unfamiliar animals.

I look around for my life :
ISBN: 9780977731831. OCLC Number: 228139464

Burning Daylight,. .

Our street feels good;
ISBN: 0070351287. OCLC Number: 219910

McGraw-Hill. .

A collection of poems reflecting the activities of city children.

Prayer against famine and other Irish poems /
ISBN: 1886157456. OCLC Number: 54425127

BkMk Press,. .

Shadows and starlight
ISBN: 9780984652341. OCLC Number: 796933954

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The chinkapin oak :
ISBN: 0964603748. OCLC Number: 33931462

Rosehill Press,. .

The intricate land /
ISBN: 0912284102. OCLC Number: 124281

New Rivers Press,. .

Walking in snow
ISBN: 9780977731879. OCLC Number: 317714769

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