Nathan Knapp was born in Talihina, Oklahoma. He holds a BA in English from Seattle Pacific University and an MFA in fiction writing from Oklahoma State, which he received in 2015. He was the founding editor-in-chief of The Collapsar from 2013-2017, and currently lives in Tulsa. He is represented by Tina Pohlman at Union Literary.

You can contact him at nathan.knapp[AT]okstate.edu.

He twitters here.




“Burns & Helen, Past & Present” in Puerto del Sol (January 2019).

“On the Corner of Admiral & Lewis,” “On the Corner of Archer & Main,” & “Lake Yahola” in Big Muddy #18.2 (Fall 2018).

“Nebraska” in The Collagist #94 (December 2017).

“Because You Can’t Die Now” in The Mondegreen #3 ( July 2015).

“Who They Were” in Yalobusha Review (February 2015).

“On the Shore of the Great Salt Plains Lake Near Jet, Oklahoma” in Specter Magazine (online, July 2014, feat. in Longform).

“The Place & the Place-Person” in Parcel (Summer 2014).

“Pawnee Bill, a Children’s Story” in The McNeese Review (2014).

“Lonely are the Alligators” in Sundog Lit #5 (Feb. 2014).

“At the End of the World, Where it is Very Hot” in Vol. 1 Brooklyn (Fall 2013).

“You Appraise Yourself in the Full-Length Mirror” in The Boiler (Summer 2013).

Criticism & Essays

“Haesong Kwon’s The People’s Field” in Music & Literature (Oct. 15, 2019).

“I Do Indeed Feel Damnation Now” in 3:AM Magazine (Sept. 9, 2019).

 “Arm’s Length” in The Times Literary Supplement (July 9, 2019).

On My Struggle: Book Six by Karl Ove Knausgaard in The Brooklyn Rail (May 2019).

“Time out of Mind” in The Times Literary Supplement (March 19, 2019)

“Death Between Footnotes” in The Times Literary Supplement (August 3, 2018).

“In Praise of Barabbas” in DIAGRAM 18.3 (Summer 2018).

“An Architecture of Silence and Love” in Bright Wall / Dark Room #55 (January 2018). Featured on ROGEREBERT.COM.

“The Uncanny Self: On Sarah Manguso’s 300 Arguments” in The Quarterly Conversation (June 2017).

“She’s Used to Feeling Strange: On Ottessa Moshfegh’s Homesick for Another World” in The Fanzine (May 2017).

“On Shohei Ooka” in Tin House (November 2016).

“All There Is for the Audience: On Gabriel Blackwell’s Madeline E.” in The Fanzine (October 2016).

“Eating the Sun” in B.O.A.A.T PRESS (June/July 2016).

“On Reading Roethke” in The Millions (August 2015).

“Life on these Plains” in Blue Mesa Review #31 (Spring 2015). Nominated for the 2015 Best of the Net anthology.

On Charles D’Ambrosio’s Loitering: new and collected essays in Word Riot (December 2014).

25 Points on Fare Forward: Letters from David Markson in HTMLgiant (June 2014).

“Real Life in the Heady Days of Dial-Up” in Frequencies vol. 4 (Summer 2014).

“Why I am Not a Poet” in jmww (Fall 2013).

25 Points on Antoine Wilson’s Panorama City in HTMLgiant (January 2013).


“Handkerchief Sandwich” in elimae (Summer 2012).


If you’re interested in Nate’s yatterings about college football, you can find those here, but he discourages it.