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Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John Knoepfle  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: February 4, 1923 in Cincinnati, Ohio

Died: November 16, 2019

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Illinois Connection

Knoepfle lived in Auburn and Springfield.

Biographical and Professional Information

John Knoepfle was 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 was 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 President�s Award for Exemplary Achievement in the Literary Arts, Poets and Writers Literary Forum, 2004

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