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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.

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

Selected Titles At Your Library

The intricate land /
ISBN: 0912284102. OCLC Number:

New Rivers Press,. New York :. 1970.

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

McGraw-Hill. New York,. [1971]

Seventeen poems about familiar and unfamiliar animals.

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

McGraw-Hill. New York,. [1972]

A collection of poems reflecting the activities of city children.

Begging an amnesty :
ISBN: 0945301103. OCLC Number:

Druid Press,. Birmingham, Ala. :. ©1994.

The chinkapin oak :
ISBN: 0964603748. OCLC Number:

Rosehill Press,. Springfield, Ill. :. ©1995.

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

BkMk Press,. Kansas City, Mo. :. ©2004.

I look around for my life :
ISBN: 0977731839. OCLC Number:

Burning Daylight,. Boulder, CO :. ©2008.

Walking in snow /
ISBN: 0977731871. OCLC Number:

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Shadows and starlight /
ISBN: 0984652345. OCLC Number:

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  • 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
  • Presidents Award for Exemplary Achievement in the Literary Arts, Poets and Writers Literary Forum, 2004

    Speaking Engagements

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