Lise Funderburg is a writer and editor based in Philadelphia. She studied at Reed College and Columbia University School of Journalism, and her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, National Geographic, Salon, The Nation, More, and Prevention.
Her latest book is Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home (Free Press, 2008), which was chosen as the Drexel University Freshman Read in 2012. Pig Candy fits into several genres—including narrative nonfiction, memoir, travelogue, and biography—but essentially, it’s a book about life, death, and barbecue.
Lise’s first book was a prescient collection of oral histories, Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk about Race and Identity (Morrow, 1994), the first book to explore the lives of adult children of black-white unions. Black, White, Other has become a core text in the study of American multiracial identity, and it is used in college courses around the world. In the New York Times review of Black, White, Other, Kyoko Mori deemed the book “an example of how we can talk about race with feeling, humor, and dignity.” An expanded 20th anniversary eBook edition of Black, White, Other was recently released.
Lise has been awarded residencies by The MacDowell Colony, The Thurber House, Civitella Rainieri Foundation, and Blue Mountain, among others, and she won won a 2003 Nonfiction Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She is a part-time lecturer in creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania and in the Rutgers-Camden MFA program.