Staff Profiles: Dr. Lania Knight

Dr. Lania Knight

Staff Profile: Dr. Lania Knight
Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Dr. Lania Knight

Dr. Lania Knight

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I've wanted to be a writer since the fifth grade. I love story, whether it's made up or true-to-life. My family is chock-full of storytellers, and I'm glad to be continuing the tradition.


Ever since I was assigned Sports Editor for the fifth grade newspaper in my hometown in Texas, I've wanted to be a writer. I didn't get around to serious writing, though, until I went to graduate school at University of Missouri. I've got some publications out there (go check my website for links), and a new book coming out in 2017. I love to take my students on mini-field trips to write, pubs, coffee shops, and footpaths being some of my favourite places to write.


Award Title Institution Date
MA English/Creative Writing-Fiction University of Missouri 2004
PhD English/Creative Writing-Fiction University of MIssouri 2010


Lambda Literary Award for Debut Fiction, 2012. 

Teaching and research


Lania focuses on creative writing, including fiction and non-fiction, as well as workshop, research methods, and routes to publication.


Undergraduate, Postgraduate


Currently writing and editing a science fiction novel set in the US Midwest after decades of drought and environmental decline.


More publications from Dr. Lania Knight can be found in the Research Repository.