Elizabeth Knapp

Elizabeth Knapp
  • Undergraduate Faculty
  • Graduate Faculty

Associate Professor of English

Rosenstock Hall, Room 217


I am a practicing poet and the author of The Spite House (C&R Press, 2011), which won the 2010 De Novo Poetry Prize. My other awards include the 2018 Robert H. Winner Prize from the Poetry Society of America, the 2015 Literal Latté Poetry Award, the 2007 Discovered Voices Award from Iron Horse Literary Review, and a Maryland State Arts Council Fellowship. I have recently published poems in The Kenyon ReviewThe Massachusetts ReviewNorth American Review, and Quarterly West, among others. 

My areas of specialization include American literature and modern and contemporary American poetry. Within these broad fields, I teach a variety of poetry and literature courses, such as women’s poetry, African-American poetry, forms in poetry, and writing on art. I also teach a range of creative writing courses, from introductory workshops in fiction and poetry to creative nonfiction. Along with Dr. Gottfried, I serve as co-director of the creative writing concentration at Hood. 


  • Ph.D., Western Michigan University, 2008 English
  • MFA, Bennington College, 2000, Creative Writing
  • B.A., Amherst College, 1996, English and Fine Arts