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Elizabeth Knapp

Elizabeth Knapp

Associate Professor of English

Tel: 301-696-3725
Office: Rosenstock Hall, Room 217


  • Ph.D., Western Michigan University
  • M.F.A., Bennington College
  • B.A., Amherst College


Elizabeth Knapp is the author of The Spite House (C&R Press, 2011), winner of the 2010 De Novo Poetry Prize. The recipient of the 2015 Literal Latté Poetry Award and the 2007 Discovered Voices Award from Iron Horse Literary Review, she has published poems in Best New Poets 2007, The Massachusetts Review, Mid-American Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and many other journals.

Research and teaching interests

I strongly believe in Ralph Waldo Emerson's dictum, "There is then creative reading as well as creative writing." In order to be a good writer, whether of critical essays, fictional stories, or poems, one must first learn to read creatively. To that end, in my courses I emphasize both close analysis and interdisciplinary connections, such as the close ties between literature and the visual arts. I also encourage an experiential approach to the study of literature through visits to local sites of interest, live performances and readings, and poetry memorization and recitation. In my courses, students learn in a dynamic atmosphere in which the class as a whole participates in the conversation.


  • The Spite House (C&R Press, 2011)
  • Individual poems published in Agni Online, Barrow Street, Best New Poets 2007, Crab Orchard Review, The Laurel Review, The Massachusetts Review, and Mid-American Review, among others