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Elizabeth Knapp

Elizabeth Knapp

Assistant Professor of English

Tel: 301-696-3725
Office: Rosenstock Hall, Room 211
Office hours: Monday and Wednesday, 1-2 p.m.


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

Courses taught

  • ENGL 137: The Coming of Age Story
  • ENGL 219: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENGL 261: American Transcendentalism and Dark Romanticism
  • ENGL 262: Writing on Art
  • ENGL 282: Forms in Poetry
  • ENGL 283: Modern American Poetry
  • ENGL 278: The Woman in the Poem
  • ENGL 347: Writers of Significance: Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson
  • ENGL 421 521: Advanced Poetry Writing


I teach American literature, poetry, and creative writing courses at Hood. Within these broad areas, my fields of specialization include nineteenth-century American literature and modern and contemporary American poetry. My first book of poems, The Spite House, won the 2010 De Novo Prize for Poetry and was published by C&R Press in 2011.

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