I write literary fiction with mainstream appeal. I believe in telling an engaging story and telling it well. My work is available for representation.


Literary Fiction


Literary Thriller

The Silver Thread

Literary Fantasy


A picture of Franz Knupfer

I received my B.A. from the University of Iowa, where I worked on my honors thesis with Pulitzer Prize winning author James Alan McPherson. I went on to get my MFA in Fiction from Johns Hopkins University, where I studied with Pulitzer Prize finalists Alice McDermott and Stephen Dixon.

I spent a year in Nepal on a Fulbright grant working with the Nepali Deaf community, trekking through the Himalayas, and working on a collection of short stories.

My work has been published in Gargoyle, The Bellingham Review, Fugue, Washington Square Review, Timber, Copper Nickel, Kaleidoscope, Juked, JMWW, Poets & Writers and others.

I live in Portland, Oregon, with my wife, baby son, and two cats.

I have three novels available for representation: Penumbra, Catacomb, and The Silver Thread.

You can contact me at franzknupfer[at]