Anne Meis Knupfer, historian and writer


What do history books, poetry, and children’s stories have in common? They all require a great deal of commitment, devotion, and imagination. (In history, it’s referred to as “historical imagination.”) They all require research — yes, even children’s stories and poems — although history books are the most labor intensive.  I once calculated that I have spent at least 5,000 to 8,000 hours researching, writing, editing, and proofing a history book. All require editing, editing, and more editing. I have joked that writing is not just a labor of love but a love of labor!

I write all of these kinds of books. I am both a scholar and creative writer, and refuse to be boxed into one category.  Sometimes they inform one another.  For example, I am now writing historical picture books of women I have researched for my history books. Some of my poems are historical in subject matter, too.

Step inside my website. I hope you enjoy the excerpts from some of my poems and children’s stories, and also find my history books of interest.

One thought on “Anne Meis Knupfer, historian and writer

  1. Dear Anne, my mother studied piano in Chicago with a teacher named Knupfer. This was in the 1920s. She just idolized him any chance you are related? I just ordered your book on the Chicago Renaissance. Can’t wait to read it. Best, Deborah Garretson,


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