• Rivers into Islands, University of Chicago Press, 1965.
  • the intricate land, New Rivers Press, 1969.
  • dogs and cats and things like that. McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1971.
  • our street feels good. McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1972.
  • Thinking of Offerings, Juniper Press, 1975.
  • A Box of Sandalwood: Love Poems, Juniper Press, 1979.
  • Selected Poems. BkMk Press, 1985.
  • Poems from the Sangamon, University of Illinois Press, 1985.
  • Begging an Amnesty, Druid Press, 1994.
  • The Chinkapin Oak, Rosehill Press, 1995.
  • The One Instant and Forever, Illinois Wesleyan University, 2001.
  • Prayer Against Famine and Other Irish Poems, BkMk Press, 2004.
  • Walking in Snow, Pearn and Assoc., Inc., 2008.
  • Shadows & Starlight, Indian Paintbrush Poets, 2012.


  • Dim Tales, a collection of stories concerning Henry Allison Rollins Dim, famous central Illinois proverbist, Stormline Press, 1989.
  • I look Around for my Life: An Autobiography, Pearn and Assoc., Inc., 2008


  • From the Hungarian Revolution: A Collection of Poems, ed. David Ray, with others, "transversions" from the work of Hungarian writers imprisoned during the Russian Takeover, Cornell University Press, 1966
  • Twenty Poems of Cesar Vallejo, with Robert Bly and James Wright, The Sixties Press, 1961. Reprinted in Neruda and Vallejo: Selected Poems, Beacon Press, 1971, with subsequent issues.
  • Tang Dynasty Poems and Song Dynasty Poems, with Wang Shouyi of Heilonhjiang University, Harbin, China, Spoon River Poetry Press, both in 1985.
  • Poems from Tang and Song Dynasties, Chinese edition, 1998


  • Self interviews, serious and otherwise, published in various magazines: Centennial Review, New Letters, Kansas Quarterly, among others.

Special Collections

  • The Knoepfle Collection: tape recorded interviews with some 60 steamboat men of the inland rivers, gathered from 1954-1960, Division of Inland Rivers, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio. Tapes and transcripts are also housed in Brookens Library, University of Illinois at
  • The Peoria-Miami Language Collection: materials gathered from 1985 through 1993, recopied by and for The Illinois State Museum Archives, with presentations from there to the Miami and the Peoria tribal headquarters in Oklahoma. A sampling of this material can be found in “The Peoria-Miami Free Form,” Nimrod (Oklahoma Indian “Markings” issue). 32:2 (Spring-Summer, 1989), 122-143.

Journal Publications

  • Some Notes on Men of the Inland Rivers, Midcontinent American Studies Journal, Spring 1963.
  • Shakespeare’s Henry V and the Geneva Bible Isaiah, Essays
    in Medieval Studies VI, 1990.
  • An Illinois-Miami Our Father, Illinois Writers Review, Fall 1992.
  • Some Thoughts on Sandburg’s Poems, Illinois Writers Review,
    Fall 1992.
  • Peoria-Miami Narratives and Cult Hero Tales, Clockwatch Review, 1993.


  • Lights Breaking: Ethical Questions about Genetic Engineering (filmed in the Dinosaur National Monument), Utah, Cusak Productions, 1984.
  • Inland Voyages: The Poetry of John Knoepfle, James Scott Productions, St. Louis, Missouri, 1995.